Who loves ya, baby?
Obviously Corbyn has to go, but who succeeds him? What happens to Momentum? Do Labour have any choice but to move back to the centre?
Younge make a very good point there. The Centrists were destroyed by the hard right.They will have to face the fact that the electorate did not abandon Labour for the centre. They went either to the far right in England and Wales or to the social democratic nationalist alternative in Scotland. They did not go to the Liberal Democrats or back Change. Chuka Umunna, Dominic Grieve, David Gauke, Anna Soubry, Jo Swinson and Luciana Berger all lost.
(And that's not the whole story, because details of the proposed deal remain vague. For instance, there's no agreement about whether to retain freedom of movement. Obviously social progressives in the party want to keep it, while left-gammon reactionaries like McLuskey want to ditch it, while Corbyn is publicly ambivalent, although I suspect personally in favour of ditching.)A Labour government will immediately legislate for a final say vote once elected.
Why do we need to give people the final say?
Britain is divided. Boris Johnson’s Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have taken extreme positions on Brexit. Both parties won’t do anything to heal the division in our country.
Boris Johnson and Tories are trying to hijack Brexit to sell out our NHS and working people by stripping away their rights. Their Brexit will reverse hard-fought gains won by working-class people over generations. Worse, it could lead to £500 million per week of our NHS’s money ending up in the pockets of big, US drugs companies.
The Liberal Democrats have taken an undemocratic decision too and would cancel Brexit. But the Liberal Democrats can’t win an election. They make Boris Johnson’s Brexit even more likely.
Labour is the only party that can and will get Brexit sorted by giving people the final say. Labour is determined to bring a divided country together, and deliver the real change Britain needs after almost a decade of Tory cuts so we can get beyond Brexit.
What will happen in the final say vote?
It won’t be a re-run of 2016. This time the choice will be between leaving with a sensible deal or to remain in the European Union.
A Labour government will negotiate a sensible deal within three months of being elected. It will be based on the things we always discussed and said were necessary with the EU and which are supported by trade unions and businesses. This includes a new customs union, a close single market relationship and guarantees of rights and protections.
Within six months of being elected, we will put that deal to a public vote, alongside remain. Two clear options, both agreed with the EU – no false promises or bluster. Labour will then carry out whatever the people decide.
Labour’s Brexit position is simple: Labour will give people the final say.
Nobody but Labour will get Brexit sorted and bring our country together because years of division over Brexit has become a barrier to delivering the real change this country needs.
Labour’s plans for real change will invest in every nation and region, creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs with a Green Industrial Revolution. We will rebuild our public services, and give our NHS, schools and police the money they need, by taxing those at the top to properly fund services for everyone.
To do that we need an economy that works for the many not just the few at the top. Labour has a plan to do just that.
I mean, there are other reasons, sure. But that's a very big part of it. I wonder if the Left has learned anything at all from the last four years. Facts and arguments don't work any more. Elections now are won and lost on simple, emotive themes that can be expressed in short phrases. "Let's Take Back Control", "Brexit Means Brexit", "Make America Great Again". "For the many, not the few" was a good start but then Labour came completely unstuck over Brexit, even in the absence of a hostile media, anti-Semitism and whatever else."Let's Get Brexit Done"