Labour’s Brexit plan: stuck in the middle

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Rather bizarrely, it appears that Labour pay has found a workable Brexit proposition to put to voters, more by default than by judgement.

With the Tories and Brexit Party both, very obviously, seeking hard Brexit, and with the LibDems seeking to withdraw Article 50, and remain come what may, Labour's position has, by default, been differentiated from that of its competition in England and Wales.

The Labour stance is to get elected (the first obstacle), negotiate a new deal that keeps us in the customs union with full access to the single market (the second obstacle) and to then puts this to the people of the country in a referendum which provides a choice between this new deal and remain, which Labour will campaign for, with Labour then delivering the chosen alternative (the third obstacle).

The merit of the plan is no one else has it.

The down side is that it is hard to sell because it is difficult to believe that negotiations will go well when Labour says it will campaign for Remain in any event.

And with the Labour leader saying he won't provide leadership on the issue, but will follow the chosen will of the people, Labour still looks rudderless.

But at least it's a plan that can be summarised and explained.

And it has the merit that no one else has it.

And, rather surprisingly, it is the middle ground.

Those are words I did not expect to write.

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