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Labour conference and the Brexit dark arts

The leadership has avoided commitment to a second referendum

By Colin Talbot  

Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

A five-hour “compositing” meeting at Labour’s annual conference has produced a supposed “compromise” resolution to go to conference for voting. It has been welcomed by some on the Remain side as “movement” and by others as a betrayal of the members’ desire for a second referendum. It can’t be both hot fudge and a sugar-coated Brexit pill—so which is it, and how did it happen?

Having attended many Labour and trade union conferences I’m all too familiar with the noble art of “compositing.” The…

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