Labour leader pushing for his best policy and strategy course – against opponents including some on left
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has gone to bat today for Labour members and the 99% to put Labour on its best course for the coming general election and beyond.
Corbyn’s preferences on Brexit are straightforward:
- respect the 2016 referendum result and Labour’s 2017 manifesto promise to enact it
- negotiate a Labour Brexit deal – protecting jobs and agreeing a customs union, which the EU has already said it would welcome
- campaign to leave on the basis of Labour’s deal
Certain figures on the left – some more obvious than others – have been continually pressing for Labour to abandon its 2017 promise and go ‘full remain’. Those same figures – like the vacuous LibDems – were previously pressing for a referendum, but now Corbyn has agreed to one they are moving the goalposts further.
The referendum compromise was a major concession by Corbyn – against his determined and expressed wishes – to hold the Labour movement together. A full-remain move, abandoning the fifty-two percent of voters who chose ‘leave’ in 2016, is a mistake Corbyn is resisting in spite of coordinated pressure by figures that include some supposedly on the left.
The battle culminates at today’s meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and then at Shadow Cabinet. At its last meeting, NEC members accepted the ‘TULO’ position – along similar lines to Corbyn’s – but then the Shadow Cabinet accepted only part and some members briefed a contrary position.
If Corbyn wins his battle, Labour will announce that it will campaign for ‘Labour leave’ in a referendum – and the vast majority of the grassroots will celebrate and fully back it. If not, it will be in spite of Corbyn’s efforts.
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