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Thread #165570 Message #4010122
Posted By: Steve Shaw
23-Sep-19 - 09:20 PM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Though I'm viscerally opposed to referendums, I remember saying months ago, reluctantly, that I couldn't see any other way out of this mess. What's on offer from Labour is reasonable and clear, and it's been Labour policy for months. I'm disappointed that there won't be a concerted campaign to remain and I'd hope that the issue could be dealt with harmoniously. I should like to see Corbyn giving all his MPs, cabinet members included, free rein to campaign as they'd wish. He could say that right now. That would be a bold move and might just help to heal the rifts a little bit. Any instruction from on high to "stay neutral" would be divisive, and would have what few MPs who complied telling fibs about their own sentiments. There would be massive disobedience. I suppose the EU has to stay out of our party politics, but I'd bet they'd be itching to say that Corbyn's ideas for a deal, which keep us in a customs union and close to the single market and which would obviate the need for a backstop or any other of the nonsense we're being peddled about how the Tories would like to handle the border, would be a damn sight better and far more acceptable all round in the EU than anything they've heard so far. It still wouldn't be in the best interests of the country, of course...