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    The tide is turning on Brexit. The UK’s most disastrous decision in decades can be reversed. But one of the biggest obstacles to getting it done could be Jeremy Corbyn – a man too stubborn to change, and apparently too entrenched to remove. theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/cr…

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    James Ball

  2. A great deal of this article is ill-informed, and some of it is simply untrue: theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/cr…

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    Stephen Bush

    Small but revealing: Abbott’s journey on European issues has been a longer term movement: she voted in favour of Lisbon, unlike most in the Campaign Group.

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    Stephen Bush

    A lot of Corbyn’s supporters and detractors love this line, but it is not true, as even a cursory read of his 2015 platform and the 2017 Labour manifesto will show.

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    Stephen Bush

    I mean, also, Labour’s support for the customs union is quite a big shift given Corbyn quite literally voted against its creation, but you can prove anything with facts I guess.

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    Stephen Bush

    Corbyn ran an explicitly Eurosceptic campaign in 2015 in which he said he had not “closed his mind” on voting Leave and in favour of honouring the referendum result in 2016. Labour explicitly backed a Leave vote in 2017.

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    Stephen Bush

    I know I’m a stuck record on this but Caroline Flint, Gareth Snell et al are considerably more important to explaining Labour’s Brexit position than Seumas Milne’s feelings for Schengen: newstatesman.com/politics/stagg…

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    Stephen Bush

    The actual problem the Labour leadership creates for Remainers is having a Labour leader who isn't willing to spend political energy on, for instance, arguing that your weekly shop is more expensive cos of Brexit.

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    Stephen Bush

    (I am personally dubious having covered the 2015 leadership election that this would be a sacrifice that either Cooper or Burnham would be willing to make either but that's an issue for another time.)

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    Stephen Bush