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Thursday, June 01, 2023

Spot the difference

The Independent reports that Sir Keir Starmer has declared “Britain’s future is outside the EU”, confirming Labour will not seek to rejoin the bloc if it wins power.

The paper says that rather than trying to put right the mess we are in as a result of Brexit, he plans to try and 'make Brexit work', whatever that means:

Sir Keir’s promise comes as regret among Leave voters sits at a record high, with more voters than ever believing Brexit has been a “failure”. A recent YouGov poll found just a fifth of Brexiteers think Brexit has been a “success”, while a third who believe the opposite.

And, ruling out any move to rejoin the EU, Sir Keir risks disappointing Labour voters, 86 per cent of whom say the UK was wrong to leave in the first place. Former Brexit party leader Nigel Farage also recently declared that Brexit had “failed”.

There is virtually no detail as to how Labour plan to put things right, and it is difficult to see how they can do so while they remain committed to the present deal. In fact Starmer's position seems to be indistinguishable from that of the Tories.

There is an opportunity here for the Liberal Democrats, if only the leadership could see it and do something about it.
The leaders of the party will have to have their heads knocked together with 'friendly persuasion' to get out of the establishment system they have got themselves into'
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