Corbyn Clarity

I stand corrected already! Labour wants a ‘jobs-first’ Brexit, but one in the form of a bespoke agreement with the EU providing tariff free access outside the single market (Corbyn on Andrew Marr, McDonnell on Peston on Sunday). Well, it is clarity of a kind. It is the same position as the Tories but without the bluster. We say ‘jobs’, they say ‘business’, both mean Britain wants the economic benefits from the EU without the troublesome politics. The wider argument applies. There should be a public debate now about the compromises necessary to secure an agreement. And at some point the issue of renewed membership of the EU should come up as an alternative to the hard Brexit most likely to follow the failure to secure the kind of bespoke agreement that the negotiators would like.

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