Clever Corbyn on Brexit

People who really follow Labour’s twists and turns over Brexit may be frustrated at that party’s lack of clarity on the biggest issue of the day, but Corbyn is playing to a different audience – the general public.

Sir Keir Starmer’s much vaunted ambition to stay in the single market and ‘a’ customs union after March 2019 is close enough to the Government’s goals for a transition deal that Labour could effectively neutralise the issue in a snap General Election campaign, in the same way that New Labour defused fears about its tax and spend plans in 1997 by promising to mirror the Conservatives’ policies for at least two years.

If the Conservatives are to succeed at the polls next time round, they will need to communicate a distinct – and distinctly better – offer than Labour on Brexit, which is proving hard to do.

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