Labour was once triumphant at conference in spite of Brexit – not this time

Leaving the EU is a potentially fatal issue for any major party. And the opposition’s failure to be clear on such a monumental problem could deliver the final blow

Tom Peck
Tuesday 24 September 2019 00:01
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Ignoring the signs: Jeremy Corbyn is a Eurosceptic in a pro-European party
Ignoring the signs: Jeremy Corbyn is a Eurosceptic in a pro-European party

The last time Labour came to Brighton, two years ago, they were triumphant. The shock election result of that summer had changed everything. Right up until 10pm on 8 June 2017, most of the party, whatever their view of Jeremy Corbyn, foresaw a hammering that would spell his end. It didn’t happen.

On the night before the conference began, a very young crowd gathered for a rally in a local park and waited for Corbyn to stride out into the twilight as if he were a festival headliner.

Times have changed. This is meant to be an advert for a government in waiting. They look nothing of the sort. It is chaos.

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