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So there you have it, Jeremy Corbyn's form of Brexit is just Brexit in Name Only!


According to the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, his party is ready to govern. But what would be left to govern after a couple of years of this lunatic labour lot is open to question.

He also today set his Brexit stall out at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool and basically it's just another form of Remain.

He wants us in a 'customs union' and he also talks about ensuring all sorts of rights and standards – which I take to mean staying under some form of external, ie European Union, control in these areas.

Now, from the horse's mouth where I've amended the official speech text into what he actually said:

On Brexit, he said:

"Our priority is clear – we aim to get the best Brexit deal for jobs and living standards to underpin our plans to upgrade our economy and invest in every community and every region.

"That will bring people together and meet concerns of both those who voted leave and those who voted remain.

"Conference, the way ahead is clear. We will vote against any reduction in rights, standards, protections and oppose a deregulatory race-to-the-bottom.

"Let me say to the country. As it stands, Labour will vote against the Chequers plan or whatever is left of it and oppose leaving the EU with no deal.

"And it is inconceivable that we should crash out of Europe with no deal – it would be a national disaster.

"That is why if Parliament votes down a Tory deal or the government fails to reach any deal at all we would press for a General Election. Failing that, all options are on the table.

"Let me thank Keir Starmer, the man who would lead our Brexit negotiations. Keir, having got agreement yesterday in this conference hall, getting one in Brussels should be a piece of cake.

"But let me also reach out to the Prime Minister, you see I reach out to everybody, who is currently, apparently doing the negotiating.

"Brexit is about the future of our country and our vital interests. It's not about leadership squabbles or parliamentary posturing. I say this to her in all sincerity and helpfulness.

"If you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in Ireland, if you protect jobs, people’s rights at work and environmental and consumer standards – then we will support that sensible deal. A deal that would be backed by most of the businesses in the world and trade unions.

"But if you can’t negotiate that deal then you need to make way for a party that can and will."

Firstly, how can he balance the concerns of those that voted Leave and those that voted Remain? Anything other than a full Brexit will not make any Brexiteer happy – and it all comes down to which side won the referendum!

And then of course the usual scaremongering slotted in with talk of no-deal crashing out and disasters etc.

And as for Keir Starmer leading the negotiations, that would be more one sided in the EU's favour than it is right now – if such a thing could be possible. He would just roll over to every demand they made – and more – as long as it got us back inside the European Union.

And has Corbyn learned nothing from what has happened over the last two years? The EU has no intention of doing any sort of deal, especially with a Labour government that has already ruled out walking away from the table – stupidity in the extreme.

All this guff from Corbyn will be music the ears of the 'Exit from Brexit' bunch – all this points towards an extension of Article 50 at the very least with a Brexit reversal possibly becoming the official Labour Party's position.

One big question for me though is what did Corbyn mean when he said that if no general election was forthcoming after no deal was reached, then 'all options are on the table'?

Is that a reference to a general strike to force one? Or to be pushing for another referendum with Remain being an option?

And was it just me or did the BBC Politics team give the whole Labour conference a very easy ride? It will be interesting to see how they treat the Tories next week.

But, if you think all of this is just the sort of thing the EU wants to hear and that it will help the Remain cause, then you'd be sadly mistaken.

According to the Guardian the EU has now stepped up its no-deal Brexit planning as it is alarmed at the Labour Party plans.

"The EU is intensifying its preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid heightened fears in European capitals that Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to vote down any deal struck in Brussels, a leaked document reveals." Said the 'paper.

"Labour’s stated goal to reject Theresa May’s deal in order to spark a general election has provoked a rush of activity in Brussels, where the party’s plans are regarded as one of the substantial risks to the negotiations."

The fear is that far from rescuing the situation, a Corbyn led Labour intervention could unravel all the work put in so far. The Eurocrats are obviously also sceptical about the possibilities at this late stage of extending the Article 50 process.

According to the Guardian, the leaked document says:

"Preparedness work has to intensify in the months ahead at national as well as EU level, as uncertainty remains about the outcome of the negotiations and the ratification of a possible deal."

And looking at the timescales with only 184 days to go until Brexit Day, then you can see their concerns. With Christmas halfway through and no decision on any Chequers based deal until November, how and when do Corbyn and Starmer think the General Election would be triggered and fit in, and how would they then approach the EU?

The Labour Party has not increased the chances of staying in, I think it has just made a no-deal Brexit a bit more likely!

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