Jeremy Corbyn makes Theresa May a Brexit offer she can't easily agree to
Written by Diaryon 7 February 2019 in
Team Corbyn may have made a canny calculation about the PM's lack of political capital.
So much for yesterday’s leaked report that not opposing Brexit could lose Labour 45 seats.
Jeremy Corbyn has now written to Theresa May setting out the terms under which Labour would back her Brexit deal. He wants to see:
1. A “permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union”, including a say in future trade deals.
2. Close alignment with the single market, underpinned by “shared institutions”.
3. “Dynamic alignment on rights and protections”, so that UK standards do not fall behind those of the EU.
4. Clear commitments on future UK participation in EU agencies and funding programmes.
5. Unambiguous agreements on future security arrangements, such as use of the European arrest warrant.
It is the first time that the Labour leader has made it clear how the PM can win Labour votes. Naturally the move has drawn furious criticism from those Labour MPs who (like most of the members) want to see a referendum on the terms of Brexit.
In a crowded field, Chris Leslie was one of the most annoyed:
Despite the latest move, the Labour leadership is well aware of the risks associated with being seen to back a Tory Brexit. But don’t hold your breath for May to agree to Corbyn’s terms - when to do so would mean alienating numerous Brexiteers and possibly splitting the Tory party in two.
It’s almost as if Team Corbyn has made the calculation that the PM doesn’t have the political capital to take up their offer…