Labour don’t need a position on Brexit


Let’s assume that before Brexit, Labour doesn’t win a general election. Whilst Theresa May calling one is possible, there doesn’t appear to be any specific desire for one. Admittedly, I and everybody else including the cabinet said that last time but anyway.

Currently, Labour’s position on Brexit – or rather lack thereof – has made no difference to their polling. They have no incentive to change. The Conservative approach to the negotiations has been so cack-handed that all Labour have to say is “we wouldn’t have been this rubbish”.

Liberal Democrats and Greens can argue Brexit is a disaster but the public is so far judging the government on their incompetent negotiations, rather than the idea of Brexit per se. I can’t see any good electoral reason for Labour to clarify its muddled position and risk alienating either their Leave or Remain voters.

Even after Brexit, Labour don’t need a position. They simply say “Brexit is done now and it has been done disastrously – vote for us, we wouldn’t have screwed it up and will get you out of the mess”. Perhaps Labour’s “Coalition Of Chaos” poster (reverse engineered from the Tory one after this year’s election) may resurface.

Nonetheless, with voters and a party split, I can’t see why Corbyn would be in any great rush to take a definitive position on the issue, much to the chagrin of Remainers, particularly Labour ones, everywhere.

Addendum 23/9/17: I assumed this would be read by 4 of friends on Facebook who know I’m a Liberal Democrat. Then one of my Labour friends shared it and so the readership had gone up to 8, some of whom seem to think I’m a Labour member advocating this.

I think Corbyn is an awful person who should take a stance on Brexit. This post is merely an observation of how avoiding doing so may help him win.