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The Chuka amendment would have hindered Labour on Brexit

The left should be fighting for a Labour government to negotiate Brexit in a progressive way—not trying to find new ways to destabalise Corbyn

By Richard Seymour  

Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech on Brexit. Photo: PA

What was Chuka Umunna’s quelled backbench rebellion all about? It wasn’t, certainly, about a principled position on single market membership, as he suggested in these pages. He had previously argued that Britain should be prepared to leave the single market in order to have a populist crackdown on immigration.

But like many on the Labour Right, Umunna is skewered between conflicting opportunisms. It is traditional for them to triangulate to the right on immigration, but they also see Brexit as…

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