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We all know the Tories hate the EU because it isn't neo-liberal enough for them. There are still vestiges of the social market, public healthcare, consumer standards, regional funds, social funds etc. despite the emergence of hard right governments in several member states.

But what's Corbyn's problem? Could he not have argued, as Yanis Varoufakis says, for higher labour standards, greater environmental controls, stricter financial regulation? Did he even try to make the case or present an alternative negotiating position? Beyond fudged attitudes to the Customs Union and Single market, what is it he actually wants from the EU?

If his problems are increasing inequality, austerity, centralisation, lack of accountability, excessive migration - could he not have presented an alternative set of reforms which would make the EU more acceptable to him? Then, if the EU rejects his proposals, he has a rational basis for leaving. If they negotiate an agreed set of reforms, he has an alternative (to Brexit) proposal to put the the British people.

But right now he has contributed nothing, except perhaps an even more ambiguous "me too" to Theresa May's already vague ideas. No wonder neither the Remain nor the Leave side see him as an alternative to May.

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