The Limits to Labour’s Constructive Ambiguity over Brexit

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Series Details July 2017
Publication Date 06/07/2017
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Labour proposes a 'jobs-first' and hard Brexit at the same time. Its current policy of constructive ambiguity on Brexit is not the win-win approach its advocates claim. The party leadership needs to make the case for single market membership and demonstrate what can be done to address the concerns about freedom of movement while remaining within the single market. If it does not, it will struggle to show that it has a better solution to the economic downturn caused by Brexit than the Tories have, and risks ending up as divided as its opponent

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