Posts Tagged ‘Labour’

‘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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The language we use in public and on social media has repercussions. The first step must greater civility | James Graham

The language we use in public and on social media has repercussions. The first step must greater civility

When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer,” George Orwell said in 1946. As then, so now – but worse. I know, everyone’s always saying things are worse. Let’s not hark back to an age that never existed. But it is time to recognise the conversation crisis in public and civic life.

I don’t quite believe, like some, that the Enlightenment values of tolerance and civilised debate are being reversed; but they are certainly under threat. This age of unreason we’re living through is defined not only by “had enough of experts”, but with normally reasonable people – you and I – behaving wilfully unreasonably to one another. And by the fact civility itself is now regarded as an obstacle to change, where once it was its best hope.

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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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Boris Johnson warns thwarting Brexit vote would be disastrous

Speech telling remainers that vote to leave must not be betrayed branded ‘hypocritical’

Boris Johnson will warn that the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU face a disastrous and irreversible betrayal if attempts to overturn the referendum vote succeed.

The foreign secretary will say “we cannot and will not let it happen” in a major speech on Wednesday marking the start of a series of interventions by cabinet ministers laying out the government’s “road to Brexit”.

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