CONFERENCE WATCH: Labour Members Back Brexit Policy As Labour MP Savaged By BBC Host
After some speculation that Comrade Corbyn may have a Brexit rebellion on his hands from the hardcore-Remoaning Labour membership the Labour Brexit flip-flop was completed relatively seamlessly yesterday. Labour’s NEC published a motion to deflect criticism that delegates had not had proper chance to discuss Brexit. It stated that:
Labour is clear that we need tariff- and impediment-free trading relationship with the EU. Labour’s priority is an outcome that puts jobs, living standards and the economy first. The precise institutional form of the new trading and customs relationship needs to be determined by negotiation. Labour will not support any future arrangements that see the introduction of a hard border or which restricts free movement between Ireland and the UK.
Leading figures insisted that far from being denied a debate on Brexit, Labour members had ‘chosen not too’. Labour MP Anneliese Dodds was given an on-air mauling by Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn on Mondays show. After arguing Labour’s policy on Brexit had “not in fact changed”, Dodds was grilled by Coburn on the lack of a proper debate on Brexit at the conference:
“But as you said, you don’t want an argument and you realise there would be an argument so you are ducking the most important issue of our time – you want there to be unity and a consensus.
“Why did you not allow and why hasn’t there been an opportunity for delegates to vote on should whether we stay in the single market in Britain beyond transition?”
Dodds responded by repeating that Labour’s policy on Brexit was “very clear” and therefore there was no need for a vote.
It is indeed very clear what direction Labour policy is heading. Keir Starmner said in his speech:
remaining in a customs union in the EU was “a possible end destination for Labour” and said the party would be open-minded in its approach to the single market.
Labour voters are being softened up for a complete abandonment of Brexit by the Labour Party and in all likelihood support for a second referendum. After Theresa May’s Florence sell-out, UKIP is the last Party standing committed to enacting the democratically expressed will of the 17 million Leave voters and the only Party committed to Brexit and now more than ever we need to make sure that message gets out there.