The Prof wrote:Rory Stewart is hoping to bring Theresa May's deal (which Europe says in the only deal) back to Parliament which has been defeated 3 times and the others are threatening No Deal which is unacceptable to Parliament.
Changing the arithmetic in Parliament via a general election or a fresh vote would seem to be the main alternatives that none of them want.
- but might be forced into.
I think the EU say that the May deal is the only deal available with her 4 red lines.
Obviously if these red lines were dropped I think another deal would be negotiable but whether the EU could be arsed to continue this process for more years is a moot point.
I'd guess they would because it would be in their best interests as long as they thought the negotiation was credible - i.e. being done by a team who could get the deal through parliament.
Labour's position was restated again today, although once again hardly headlined by the media, Reuters:
I have already made the case ... that it is now right to demand that any deal is put to a public vote. That is in line with our conference policy which agreed a public vote would be an option.”
“A ballot paper would need to contain real choices for both leave and remain voters. This will of course depend on parliament,” he said in a statement.
Same as it has been for months despite the screaming and shouting of Toxic Remainers, who I am pretty sure are keener on damaging the Labour Party than actually remaining in the EU.
Respect the result of the 2016 ballot.
Negotiate a deal to leave that can get through parliament
Put any deal to a vote.
What Labour aren't for is just stopping the Brexit process through parliamentary means or no deal at all.
It isn't a particularly nuanced or complex position, but going by the media; who generally claim that Labour has no position, constantly change their position or have a fiendishly complicated position, you'd think this was political equivalent of String Theory.
I don't think the Corbyn really cares whether there is a soft Brexit or no Brexit, like the majority of Brits he is mildly pro EU, what he really wants is a GE so that the Labour Party can put its far more compelling and popular anti-austerity message to the voters.
That is where the votes are; Brexit divides both main parties and Corbyn's policy is the only way to keep pretty much everyone on board so that more urgent problems can be addressed, I think he has played a tricky hand and a viciously hostile political media rather well, keeping Labour ahead in the GE polls and keeping the party largely, despite the ugly carping from the Blairite rump in the PLP, united.