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Why won’t Corbyn back Remain and save his party?

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Jeremy Corbyn surprised some members of his close circle at the shadow cabinet meeting on Tuesday by putting off a decision on Labour’s Brexit policy. This was not what John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, predicted.

He had told a City audience the day before to expect “white smoke”, and said: “Out of shadow cabinet tomorrow I’m hoping that a more definitive position will emerge.”

And this morning Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, replied to a Labour supporter on Twitter: “Like you I have supported Labour’s Brexit strategy so far. But like you I am beginning to worry…” How strange to comment in public – and in the past tense – as if she is simply an interested spectator.

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McDonnell and Abbott are not the usual pro-EU advocates of a second referendum on Labour’s backbenches: they are two of Corbyn’s most trusted comrades on the long march from the margins of ultra-leftism.

Yet the Labour leader seems to be........

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