A thread on Labour’s Brexit mess 👇
At Labour Conference in September, a motion was passed explicitly putting such an option on the table
The Unite union’s influential General Secretary, Len McCluskey, warned it risks “tearing our society further apart” & alienating the voters in crucial seats which Labour must win over to gain power
Last weekend Shadow Communities Secretary, @GwynneMP , suggested Labour might actually campaign for Brexit by “pushing for a Labour deal”.
Of course, there is no actual Labour Brexit deal
But EU would have to unanimously agree an extension, and say they won’t re-negotiate, won’t re-open the deal & won’t extend Article 50 other than for Election or Referendum
Labour’s entire Brexit policy rests on 6 tests which their own Shadow Trade Secretary @BarryGardiner, described as “bollocks”. The idea that you could get the “exact same benefits” from Brexit as membership is mendacious.
They dislike the backstop (which they warn could become permanent) & want to replace it with a permanent customs union. But that's already at the core of backstop which doesn't have a unilateral exit (& so could be permanent if UK wanted)
Sadly the EU isn’t willing to offer us that now.
Labour also oppose harmonisation on state aid and competition law which the EU will push for for a customs union.
But what would that actually entail?
Would that mean ending Free Movement or not?
Minor tweaks are possible, perhaps to secure greater protections for worker’s and environmental rights. Major changes are not on offer.
✖️leave the EU with No Deal
✖️leave the EU with Theresa May’s deal (perhaps with a few tweaks)
✖️don’t leave the EU.
That’s it - any other option is fantasy.
Decision time is coming soon.