His editorial (July 4) welcoming Keir Starmer’s “pragmatic” (some would say unprincipled) policy shift on Brexit is disappointing. The terms for rejoining might not be as good as before, but the EU regretted our departure and would quietly welcome us back. The public is increasingly disillusioned with Brexit, with a survey of 200 polls now showing that 49% see it as a mistake versus 38% still holding on to it. They realize that he was sold on a lying prospect by a now proven liar and his cronies, who have demonstrably failed to keep their promises to him.
Now was the time for a radical denunciation of the entire failed enterprise, along with equally radical economic policies aimed at credible leveling (up and down) toward equality, undoing the damage of the last 12 years.
Stoke Newington, Londres
Labour’s Brexit policy is not pragmatic, it is cowardly. Keir Starmer is so afraid of upsetting the “red wall” reactionaries that he gives in to them. That’s not leadership, it’s supporters, and the country deserves much more from its main opposition party. If he cannot face rejoining the EU, he could at least propose the only pragmatic solution: rejoining the single market to alleviate the worst of the damage Brexit has inflicted on our economy.
doctor ricardo carter
I watched Sir Keir Starmer’s speech on Brexit with growing desperation (Starmer ends Labor silence on Brexit and rules out rejoining single market, 4 July). Brexit was and is a far right libertarian plot, achieved through a poor combination of outright lies and Farage’s legitimization of xenophobia and racism.
Now that the country is beginning to experience its disastrous effects, it is ridiculous that Labor is muzzling by pointing out what is happening or dismissing the obvious remedies of rejoining the customs union and the single market. Starmer’s message was devoid of idealism or principle. Who do you think he will inspire with this?
Keir Starmer should care more about Labor’s success in UK politics than the existential threat of climate disaster. The energy cost of shifting the UK’s trade focus away from the EU to distant countries is not something a responsible party leader should be prepared to contemplate.
Explaining how Labor would make Brexit work, why would Keir Starmer rule out rejoining the customs union? Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Brexit benefits vacuum represents an open target that Starmer has failed to acknowledge, and is now missing the opportunity to adhere to what the referendum vote mandated, while clarifying and seeking to reverse the madness of a hard Brexit. that no one voted for
Dr. Tim Lambert
Keir Starmer’s “pragmatic” Brexit policy has some consequences for psephologists to pore over. I’m a 74 year old white working class northerner who voted to stay, and for the first time in my life I’m not voting Labor, and I’m not alone.
Dr. Mark Wilcox
New Mill, West Yorkshire
I had never invested so much hope in the Durham police.
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