Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Corbyn’

‘Tories’ approach, if anything, is less clear,’ Corbyn to tell business

Labour leader’s speech a strong hint his party will accept close regulatory alignment with EU

Jeremy Corbyn is to attack the Conservatives’ “lack of clarity” on the future economic relationship with Europe in a speech a day after the Labour leader is said to have faced down lobbying from his own party to take a softer line on Brexit.

Corbyn will tell the conference of manufacturers’ organisation EEF on Tuesday that Labour is “insisting the economy must come first” in the Brexit negotiations, a strong hint that the party would accept close regulatory alignment.

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Labour will win the next election if it becomes the party of Remain | Eloise Todd

Only a tiny proportion of the party’s voters last year strongly wanted to leave the EU – opposing a disastrous Brexit will shake up the electoral map

Recently, there has been story after story about Brexit ministers giving speeches laying out a road map. This is apart from the chancellor, who has been sent to the Arctic. While the focus for this last week might have been on the Conservative government and its road to nowhere, soon the pendulum will swing back towards the Labour party and its position on Brexit.

Labour fought the election on a mandate that has been hailed as a brilliant middle way between Remain and Leave. MPs on the frontbench Brexit team want to find a solution “somewhere between in and out”. But there is a decision still facing our country and it doesn’t involve a middle way.

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Neil Kinnock warns Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Stop Brexit to save the NHS’

As 20,000 Labour members protest at party stance on Brexit, former leader adds pressure to resist leaving EU

Jeremy Corbyn has come under intense pressure to shift Labour’s position on Brexit after 20,000 members demanded a say over the issue and former leader Neil Kinnock backed halting Britain’s EU exit altogether.

It is understood that the Labour leader will also be confronted by some in his shadow cabinet this week who want him to back remaining in the single market and customs union.

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Labour gets 16,000 emails in five days urging it to consult on Brexit

Shadow cabinet and trade unions to discuss after complaints that none of party’s policy commissions focus on Europe

More than 16,000 people have emailed Labour over the past five days, urging the party to consult members on Brexit after MPs said the topic was being ignored by its most senior policy body.

The emails from party members will be examined by the party’s national policy forum (NPF), which meets this weekend in Leeds, and whose members include the shadow cabinet and trade union leaders.

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Fear and abuse won’t change Brexit minds | Hugh Muir

If there is a strong and positive case to be made to those who voted against despair, surely it’s best made now

A question for the economists: what is the elasticity of Brexit? To be more precise, at what point is it likely that those who voted – amid the flurry of lies and distortions – to leave the European Union will review that decision and begin to rue it? Is it like one of those addictive products – alcohol perhaps, or cigarettes – that people cling to despite the evidence that they are costly and harmful? Or is it something that, with the right approach and in the right circumstances, people might be willing to critically reassess? How much is pragmatic; how much political?

Related: Labour’s priority is Brexit. But it should be the left-behind | Austin Mitchell

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Brexit reveals our political system is failing. The 48% must have a voice | Jonathan Freedland

The government is on a course that defies all logic, but the opposition refuses to oppose. No wonder people feel betrayed

Britain makes its most disastrous mistakes when its two main parties agree with each other. So it has proved in the past – and so it is proving now. Next month will mark the 15th anniversary of the fateful night in the House of Commons when Labour and Tory frontbenches united in whipping their MPs to vote for military action in Iraq. Yes, there were rebellions: some 84 Labour members said no to Tony Blair’s war, while 69 abstained. But the official tally – 412 out of 659 – spoke of cross-party consensus. Outside the Palace of Westminster, the country was rancorously divided on this fundamental question. But inside, the prime minister and the leader of the opposition were on the same side.

Related: We can leave the EU, but not Europe. Isolation is no longer splendid | Simon Jenkins

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