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Labour’s Brexit stance betrays its voters—and its values

There is no way of making Brexit work—but there are ways to contain the damage. Sadly, Labour won’t commit to them

By Oliver Kamm  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives to address the crowd from the stage at LeftField at Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

Labour has long had problems with the idea of Europe. A statement by the party’s National Executive Committee in 1950 worried that European Union would act as a brake on socialist policies and that a customs union would cause “serious dislocation, unemployment and loss of production.” Its sister social democratic parties got on regardless with the task of constructing the early institutions of European integration.

Labour’s mistrust of the EU had historic…

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