The aftermath of Brexit won’t quietly disappear. So, what is behind Labour’s new strategy on Brexit?


First published in January 2021.


I don’t know, but I think Keir Starmer is basing his ‘Move on from Brexit’ strategy on the idea that Brexit will fade away.

But we have five more years of negotiations on fishing alone – that’s written into the deal. Will Nigel Farage shut up about it during those four years? Not a hope...

And deal excludes services, 80% of our economy. So, negotiations on that will happen for years. And Farage will shout BETRAYAL throughout.

And the Telegraph, the Mail, the Express, etc. need anti-EU coverage. It is the primary reason people buy their rags. So, they won’t shut up about it either...


And those readers are the Tory members who choose Tory leaders. So, any Tory MP with hopes of succeeding Boris Johnson will inevitably echo the Telegraph and Farage, in the shittest feedback loop since Metal Machine Music (Google it)

So, the Tories won’t shut up about it...

And people will get poorer, experience crises, lose jobs. Industries will shrink or fail. Do we think they will be meekly silent? Nope! And half the country warned about this, and will all LOVE to say “told you so!”. They won’t be silent either...

And the Guardian, Channel 4, Byline Times, [PMP] etc. will jump gleefully on every broken promise, dismal failure, hypocrisy, and calamity. So, everybody reading them will have a constant reminder of how they feel about Brexit. As will the Brexiters. So, they won’t let it go either...

Therefore, the notion that Britain will move on from Brexit, and Labour can just shrug and look to 2024... it is not going to happen, no matter how much everybody claims they want it to. It is staggeringly naive to expect this to just evaporate.

It is a terrible strategy...

In many ways Labour are trapped by events. I get that. There is no simple way out of this. But ignoring it and hoping it will go away is not going to work.

By choosing that path, they are destroying the good will of half the country, and gaining nothing from the other half.🔷




Russell Jones, Designer, data analyst, blogger.


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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 12 January 2021 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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