Starmer avoided the issue in PMQs. Labour are picking their battles...
Labour appear to be letting the government fail on their own terms when it comes to securing a Brexit deal.
Despite the chances for a good deal before December 31st looking vanishingly small, Labour are avoiding the issue for now. They’re playing a risky long game – quietly expecting the government to fail but not pre-empting it.
It’s a mature move: let the government get on with it – before laying into them if/when a dire deal or no deal actually happens. We’re a good few years off an election, so it makes some sense.
It does however risk angering arch Remainers – and eliminating any chance of forcing an extension of the transition period. Clearly Labour have decided that is a battle they cannot win.
Keir Starmer’s spokesman told the lobby this afternoon: “The Brexit divides of Leave/Remain are over…The government has a majority of 80…they’re responsible for this.
“The government have said they’ll get a deal by the end of the year and we’ll hold them to that.”
All of which leaves Starmer to hammer the Tories on the huge failures happening now instead – while avoiding getting dragged into another Brexit culture war…
Josiah Mortimer is co-editor of Left Foot Forward.
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