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Emily Thornberry.

Labour will
(1) support a referendum (if the deal goes through)
(2) oppose A50 extending into July.

(3) oppose May's deal in all circs
(4) oppose chaotic no deal

(1) & (2) are incompatible.
(3) & (4) incompatible with (2)

Labour are only for a referendum if & when the deal passes, but they are not for a referendum until the deal passes (which they are against).

This gives them no policy/route to oppose no deal in practice. Except negotiating new deal (without an extension in which to do that)
(5) Labour would negotiate a better deal between the UK and the EU.

Thats incompatible if (2) *and* (3).

Need either longer extension A50 to do that, *or* accept this negotiated Withdrawal Agreement deal, but shift political declaration & post-Brexit transition talks on future
So one way to square those circles is to *accept* the Withdrawal Agreement (divorce + transition) while saying that is not "May's deal" (because post-2021 policy: Eg customs/eea)

Except you could not put it to a referendum without the longer extension that Emily T is opposing
Labour is
Against Deal
Against No Deal
Against Delay (beyond July)

It is possible to take any two of those positions, but it will be impossible (within two months) to maintain all three of them.
Ruling out longer delay takes following options *off* the table
- a referendum, with Remain option, pre-Brexit
- negotiating a different Labour Brexit
(except doing so post-Brexit, having accepted this Withdrawal Agreement)

Rules in two options:
May's deal
Leave with no deal
There is disagreement on the Labour frontbench about whether they oppose/rule out longer extensions

Starmer: Lab supports a 3 month extension. Some sense in saying short is *preferable* to long. But the party's position has to be both (the right) Deal/Delay > No Deal so ruling out longer does wreck their policy, for binary choice of May's Deal/No Deal
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