Corbyn brilliantly breaks down Labour Brexit policy for the media hacks too dim to get it

Jeremy Corbyn
Ed Sykes

Since media hacks seem not to understand Labour’s policy on Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn has broken it down for them in the simplest of terms:

 

Simple choice: “Thatcherism on steroids” or a Labour government ‘immediately carrying out’ the decision of a sensible public vote

Labour has made it clear that a Tory Brexit is not acceptable. And to expand on that position, a party press release stresses that:

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives want to hijack Brexit to sell out the NHS and sell out working people by stripping away their rights.

Given the chance, they’ll run down our rights at work our entitlements to holidays, breaks and leave.

Given the chance, they’ll slash food standards to US levels where “acceptable levels” of rat hairs in paprika and maggots in orange juice are allowed and they’ll put chlorinated chicken on our supermarket shelves.

And given the chance, they’ll water down the rules on air pollution and our environment that keep us safe.

What Boris Johnson’s Conservatives want is to hijack Brexit to unleash Thatcherism on steroids.

For that reason, Labour has promised to “secure a sensible deal”. And it says:

That will take no longer than three months because the deal will be based on terms we’ve already discussed with the EU, including a new customs union, a close single market relationship and guarantees of rights and protections.

So if you want to leave the EU without trashing our economy or selling out our NHS you’ll be able to vote for it. If you want to remain in the EU, you’ll be able to vote for that. Either way, only a Labour government will put the final decision in your hands.

And we will immediately carry out your decision so Britain can get beyond Brexit.

One meme, meanwhile, summed Labour’s simple position up neatly:

Media. Does. Not. Compute.

Journalist Owen Jones summed up weak media efforts to make Labour’s Brexit policy seem complex and confusing:

Twitter users also joined the mockery of media hacks:

Boris Johnson has long been pushing for an unpopular, elitist no-deal (with the back-up of a hard-right Brexit deal) and Liberal Democrats have been promising to revoke Article 50, simply ignoring UK voters who opted to leave the EU. Labour, however, is trying to unite British people by letting them choose between a sensible Brexit deal or remaining in the EU. And in a country where around half of the population don’t feel strongly about either Leave or Remain, Corbyn has been trying to focus voters’ minds on his bold and exciting policies on the issues that most people really care about.

The corporate media might not get it. But the choice is simple.

Featured image via BBC

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    1. I get Corbyn’s position. But if you’re the EU, and Jeremy asks you for the best deal, knowing that if it’s a bad deal he will campaign for remain in the referendum, why would you give him a good deal? You wouldn’t. Therefore we will get a terrible deal or a choice to remain and even leavers like me will vote to remain.
      This is why as a labour leaver I cannot vote for Corbyn.

      1. The conspiracy theorist in me suggests that Labour will “negotiate” a deal which has about one sentence difference from the current arrangements.

        The referendum would then be Remain with voting rights, or Remain in all but name without voting rights, and the outcome of that choice is fairly obvious.

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