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    If you think we are stronger in the EU you will be frustrated by Labour's policy on Brexit. But there are positives - and a prospect. /1

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    Here's the key page in Labour's Manifesto (labour.org.uk/index.php/mani…) and you'll see it presages a rather softer Brexit. /2

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    Unlike the Tories, Labour does not threaten to remake our country as a safe-house for tax dodgers and polluters on the edge of Europe. /3

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    Labour prioritises jobs and the economy rather than Theresa May's bigoted, dishonest and economically suicidal immigration target. /4

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    The Conservatives' dishonest line - that 'No parachute is better than a bad parachute' - is disavowed. Labour knows we need a deal. /5

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    There is no Court of Justice redline that puts ideology ahead of, e.g., the national interest on terrorism. Security first - and rightly. /6

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    Elsewhere the Manifesto promises to reverse our withdrawal from Euratom - a Tory stance that alarmed scientists and baffled politicians. /7

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    If you are a UK citizen living abroad or an EU citizen here take double comfort: 1 from Labour's unilateral stance and 2 no CJEU redline. /8

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    "Ah." I hear you say. "That's all well and good. But under Labour we'll still leave. And we can already see the harm Brexit does." /9

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    And I feel ya, Ophelia. But, remember I said there's a prospect? Well, there's a prospect - and it's a real one. /10

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    Labour will not win a majority. The most it can hope for is a coalition. And who will it be with? The SNP. And the Lib Dems. /11

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    And both SNP and LibDems are pro-European. Neither will go into Coalition with Labour without securing concessions on Europe. /12

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    And what might those concessions be? Remember that Labour Party conference vote on the need for approval of the final deal? Well... /13

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    So, all other things being equal, Remainers do still have reasons to vote Labour. Especially in a marginal with the Tories. /14

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    (And it's why, on a private note, with apologies for my waywardness, I will vote for a pro-European I like, @coyleneil, in my constituency).

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