Labour’s Brexit position has little do with the national interest and everything to do with their own self-interest
It is now clear that there is no limit to the ambitions of Labour Remainers when it comes to modifying the notion of Brexit out of existence.
Keir Starmer’s policy shift – calling for the UK to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union throughout a transitional period – should not be seen as an end point of Labour policy. Rather, it is an opportunist piece of kite flying.
If Labour get away with this softening on Brexit – or even prosper from it thanks to more pro-EU middle class urbanites rallying behind them – then Starmer, backed by the 95 per cent of Labour MPs who supported Remain in the referendum, will push things further still.
As the likes of Lord Wood and Jack Dromey have already made clear, this shift opens up the option for Labour turning against Brexit altogether and either having a permanent transition or opposing departure from the EU outright. This point is also echoed by distinguished Labour Brexiteers such as Gisela Stuart.
So Brexit supporters cannot trust Labour. Promises made in the 2017 manifesto are being thrown overboard.