Corbyn’s ‘democratic’ and ‘healing’ Brexit stance backed at Labour conference

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour Party conference has backed leader Jeremy Corbyn’s policy of remaining neutral on Brexit until after a general election. Supporters have insisted that his stance is ‘democratic’ and ‘healing’.

Corbyn has promised that a government he leads will negotiate a new Brexit deal and put it to a referendum, but he has so far resisted calls to say how the party should campaign in that public vote.

Delegates at the conference in Brighton backed a statement setting out his position and broke out into a chorus of “oh, Jeremy Corbyn” after the result of the vote was announced.

The conference then rejected a motion which would have called on Labour to come out in support of Remain now rather than waiting until after an election.

The result is a boost for Mr Corbyn, who has argued that Labour should go into the expected general election without making a decision on how it should campaign on the referendum his party has promised within six months of taking office.

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A decision on how the party would campaign in the referendum would be taken at a subsequent special conference.

Supporters of the plan praised its passing, especially as Labour’s Conservative and Liberal Democrat opponents have taken positions appealing very clearly to only one side of the Brexit debate:

The vote came after shadow cabinet ministers Emily Thornberry and Sir Keir Starmer both used their keynote conference speeches to say they would back Remain.

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    1. At a time when the most right wing elitist government in history is tearing itself and the country apart, Corbyn is their only chance of staying in power.
      And what happened to Corbyn representing the views of the membership?

    2. It’s good to give people a vote, and I suppose by taking the Brexit issue out of the discussion into a neutral stance until after an election which ought to decide many things. As in who was voted back in.
      But when is the Election? Before of after Oct.31?
      I suppose it no longer matters?
      The Tories have been very successful in doing everything possible not to have an election at all.
      So how is it people can have a vote?

    3. Corbyn has played this absolutely right. As long as he goes into the election promising to negotiate the best deal available and to put that to the people against remain why would he take a stand now which will alienate leavers and show the Eu that there’s not much point in negotiating a proper deal. Once we have the deal then I would expect Labour to point out the pros and cons of both and advise voters which they think is best. Then Labour will have done its job properly and democracy has won the day.

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