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Labour and Brexit: the party does the splits

Amid fresh conference drama it is hard to decide what's worse: what was done or the way it was done

By Colin Talbot  

Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Ever since the referendum result in 2016—indeed the very day after, when Jeremy Corbyn called for the immediate triggering of Article 50—the Labour leadership has been reasonably clear about one thing. The referendum result must be “respected.”

Their initial position was almost indistinguishable from that of the hard-line Europhobes. Although they talked about a “jobs-first Brexit,” their insistence that this included leaving the single market and customs union, and ending freedom of movement for workers, seemed to most observers like a pretty hard departure…

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