If anyone is interested…
I emailed Corbyn’s office to make representations about Labour’s prevarication on Brexit and this morning I recieved this reply from one of his staff:
Many thanks for getting in touch about the UK exiting the European Union. After more than 2 years of continued failure, the Government’s Brexit strategy has become a national embarrassment. It is clear that, unless the Government makes substantial changes to their approach, then they will not be able to deliver a deal that will protect jobs, the economy and rights. Neither the ‘withdrawal agreement’ nor the ‘future framework’ that the Government agreed came anywhere close to the type of deal that would help us unite and move forward as a country. The Prime Minister’s deal, which has failed to pass through Parliament three times, would put jobs and the economy at risk and will make Britain poorer. Labour’s approach to Brexit has always been based on our values: internationalism, solidarity, respect for human rights, and achieving social and economic justice. Labour respects the result of the referendum, but we are determined to seek a close and cooperative relationship with the European Union that would include a new comprehensive customs union with a UK say, a strong single market deal, and guaranteed rights and protections. This would be the type of Brexit deal that can win support in Parliament and help bring together a divid_ed country. That is why Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has been working with people across political parties to build a majority to block a ‘no deal’ Brexit and to find a way forward based on Labour’s alternative. This has now expanded into talks with the Government, where we are clear that unless the Prime Minister firmly moves away from her deal and towards Labour’s approach, which puts jobs and living standards ahead of damaging trade deals, then it is unlikely a way forward will be found. We will continue this process of talking to the Government to try and find a way to break the deadlock but we will also remain clear that if the Government does not listen, we will continue to oppose their bad deal, and a disastrous ‘no deal’. And if we can’t get changes along the lines of our alternative plan, or a general election, Labour backs the option of a public vote.
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