Posted: Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pm
by fisherman
Byron wrote:A cross-party deal to stay in the EEA (the customs union is up in the air, especially with the DUP rejecting any Ireland-only deal).

In stripping the UK of its financial passport and the EEA's harmonized regs, leading to paralyzed supply chains, lines of trucks at the ports, and international companies jumping ship, leaving the single market would be the opposite of a "jobs-first Brexit," it'd be an economic catastrophe. Either McDonnell knows this, and is bullshitting in case another election's called; or he doesn't, in which case, he'll soon learn.

Labour's surge came in Remain areas, and its young members are the opposite of hard Brexiters. The overwhelming majority of its MPs voted to stay in the EU, and will have no appetite for a hard Brexit. Labour's own Brexit spokesman has no appetite for a hard Brexit. If McDonnell tries to push it through -- and he may not -- he won't be getting a free ride.

Until Corbyn indicates otherwise, I don't see Labour changing stance while the Tories are shoogly and the potential for another Election is possible. Economically, it seems that both parties accept that GDP will be lower as result of Brexit and I would read "jobs first" as meaning that "no deal" is off the table.

Is there any analysis in on what the Labour surge valued most in the manifesto? I get the impression from listening to Corbyn, he believes it was the message of hope and anti-austerity that the manifesto promised rather than any Brexit policy distinction.

Who knows, maybe Westminster will Forest Gump us into EEA, but it needs to start happening PDQ.