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So, Jeremy Corbyn has decided to cave in to his union and Momentum buddies and go almost, but not quite, full Remain. Now that'll upset his heartland support applecart.


The Jeremy Corbyn has now said he wants to see a second EU referendum and that his Labour Party will back Remain.

But, there is a rider to this.

That is, that any referendum would only, it seems apply to a Tory government negotiated deal that he did not like, or to a no deal Brexit.

What is not clearly stated is the position Jeremy Corbyn would take if he managed to win power through a general election.

In a letter to Labour Party members Jeremy Corbyn wrote:

"Whoever becomes the new prime minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote.

"In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either no deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs."

So it's not quite the whole Remain hog ….. yet!

But the heads of the five largest unions affiliated to Labour also wanted a confirmatory vote on any deal that Labour managed to negotiate.

And the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson wants the party to adopt a full on Remain stance.

The Labour Remainer MP Hilary Benn, said Corbyn's letter was a big step forward and significant, saying:

"We can now see there is nothing that can be better negotiated that is better for jobs, that is better than the deal we currently have."

Which is obviously pure Remainer talk.

But the Brexiteer arm of the Labour Party. Labour Leave, is not at all happy. In a Tweet they say:

"The announcement from .@jeremycorbyn and @UKLabour today means that Labour is now a remain party and that means one thing. We have lost 5million Labour Leave voters, possibly 100 MPs will lose their seats and Jeremy has lost the next general election"

And Leave.EU Tweeted:

"Jeremy Corbyn – the man who branded the EU a "military Frankenstein" moving towards a "European empire" – has signed off on Labour backing a second referendum and backing Remain. What a shambolic hypocrite of a 'leader'! Wave goodbye to the old Labour heartlands…"

I would say that the Labour leader has been under intense pressure for a long time to change party policy to full Remain and that he will now, over the coming weeks, gradually crumble to that position.

Jeremy Corbyn is on the wrong side of just about every political argument, from proper support of our defence and security to the economics of running a modern nation.

He is now putting himself on the wrong side of the Brexit debate and putting the thought of any possibility the Labour Party had, of forming a government, into serious doubt.

And one other little snippet of news in case you missed it.

Yesterday I talked about Dominic Grieve possibly putting forward an amendment to the Northern Ireland Bill that would force the government to give a statement on Northern Ireland power sharing sometime in October, in the hope that it would prevent a new Prime Minister proroguing, or shutting down, parliament to stop MPs interfering with a no deal Brexit.

But the Speaker, John Bercow, has rejected the Grieve amendment, so it will not be put to the vote.

This is the second time in recent days that Bercow has stymied the Remain moves of Dominic Grieve. The last one being when he rejected Grieve's amendments to the spending estimates that would have shut down government in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Bercow has, in the past, been quite amenable to giving the opportunity for such Brexit challenging amendments to be voted on. I wonder what's changed? Any ideas out there? Has Bercow suddenly got the taste for the democracy of the governed, or is there some self interest involved maybe?


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