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Labour is still too soft on Brexit—and it’s harming the people a left-wing party should help

The latest announcements suggest the party has finally adopted a sensible stance on the customs union. But with a weak Tory government and worker’s rights at risk, it’s not enough

By Oliver Kamm  

Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech on Brexit at Savoy Place in central London. Photo: PA

It’s not fashionable in the modern Labour Party to acknowledge the achievements of past Labour governments but I will. The Good Friday agreement of 1998, negotiated under Tony Blair’s first administration, was a crucial step in resolving what had for decades—even centuries—appeared an intractable conflict of competing nationalisms on the island of Ireland. The agreement acknowledged the legitimacy of nationalist grievances while enshrining the primacy of the wishes of the people of the Northern…

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