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UK Labour Party may have little influence on Brexit

Friday, August 4, 2017

Significance

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been ambiguous on this issue, and the period since Labour’s unexpectedly strong performance in the general election on June 8 has seen the party publicly divided over its stand on the Brexit negotiations.

Impacts

  • Labour’s lack of clear support for a ‘soft’ Brexit may act to preclude single market and customs union membership as long-term options.
  • Labour's ambiguous stand on Brexit puts the Conservative government under less pressure to clarify its own Brexit strategy.
  • Adopting a clearer stand on Brexit would probably cost Labour votes owing to deep divisions on the issue within its electorate.
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