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Thread #165570 Message #3985665
Posted By: DMcG
03-Apr-19 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Now cross-party talks are under way, it is worth revisiting the canard that both parties supported Brexit in their manifesto. This claim completely ignores the fact that they had dramatically different views of what Brexit was (and there is no reason whatever to assume all 17.4 million voted for the same thing, so there is good reason that at least some of the 17.4m meant what Labour meant)
For interest, here is an extract from the Labour manifesto:
Labour accepts the referendum result and a Labour government will put the national interest first. We will prioritise jobs and living standards, build a close new relationship with the EU, protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, provide certainty to EU nationals and give a meaningful role to Parliament throughout negotiations. We will end Theresa May’s reckless approach to Brexit, and seek to unite the country around a Brexit deal that works for every community in Britain. We will scrap the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union – which are essential for maintaining industries, jobs and businesses in Britain. Labour will always put jobs and the economy first. A Labour government will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries. EU nationals do not just contribute to our society: they are part of our society. And they should not be used as bargaining chips.
So what Labour meant in their definition of Brexit included the benefits of single market, customs union, and protection of EU nationals. If that is not what you think Brexit is, then by definition you cannot claim that Labour promised whatever you do think it means in the last election.