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He did campaign for staying in the EU, arguing for reform from the inside.
So what do you expect him to contribute at this point? Magically organise a majority in parliament so Brexit goes away and the right can continue as before? There is no good solution and the least damaging will still involve painful concessions toward European capital.

Now that doesn't mean that I have any confidence in his ability to handle the negotiations if the task would end up on his desk. And I find Labour HQ's economic messaging to be pretty weak. If you still believe taxes fund spending.....
However, Varoufakis had pretty good economics and it didn't help at all.

by generic on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 11:17:34 AM EST
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"So what do you expect him to contribute at this point?"

He needs to differentiate his approach more from May's. Both seem to want a soft Brexit involving a close relationship with the Customs Union and (most of) the single market. I doubt most voters can understand the difference in their positions...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 08:01:58 PM EST
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If there were elections now they wouldn't be about Brexit. At the moment only the far right really cares so they can be relied to rally to the banners against anything that remotely looks like a workable compromise. And there is no counterbalancing enthusiasm on the other side of this issue. Rallying around the status quo is not something you'd expect after a decade of austerity. So having a workable Brexit plan would be an electoral liability now. And if the elections are held at the regular time, the EU - UK relation would already have to be settled.

Doesn't mean there shouldn't be a sensible plan, but I can't really think of any likely scenario where having one will be of any use.

by generic on Thu Jul 12th, 2018 at 08:35:39 AM EST
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