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This isn't about Brexit. Backing remain now would wreck Labour

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27.05.2019

The Labour party, as we expected, took a battering in the European elections. I’m not going to analyse the data, there are good pollsters who can do that but in so much as anything is clear, strong remain areas voted for stop Brexit parties, and leave areas voted for Nigel Farage. To quote Theresa May for one last time, nothing has changed.

But I have a heartfelt plea to my colleagues. Please do not take what turned out to be a proxy referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU to try to alter what would be an effective ending of Labour’s historic coalition of working-class, middle-class, city and non-city voters. It is that coalition which our party is built on. When it frays, we rebuild it. A single issue has wrecked the Tory party before; it is wrecking it now.

Do not let a single issue wreck the Labour party. Our programme to rebuild a country that is fairer, is so much more than about a single dominant issue today that has damaged us in a not hugely important election.

Whatever way you add up the votes, and believe me both sides in this polarised debate are frantically saying what happened means that they’re right, the idea that the “country has moved towards” remain is clearly wishful thinking rather than reality.

Nigel Farage won by far the largest vote share with a simple message. Britain voted to leave the EU. Britain hasn’t left the EU. Until that is no longer the case, we won’t be able to move on and fix the........

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