Labour’s paymaster Unite says it will recommend Brexit unless the UK accepts labour market regulations that will reduce economic competitiveness. Chuka Umunna says he couldn’t join Corbyn’s cabinet because Jez wouldn’t give him a reassurance on EU membership. Currently Jez himself is deliberately ambiguous on the matter in public. This is all encouraging for those who want to leave the Euro-bloc.
We know where Jez’s heart is on the matter, he voted to stay out of the European Community in 1975, he holds the traditional Bennite view that the EU is a bosses’ and banker’s union. John McDonnell, the new shadow chancellor, is a hard-core Eurosceptic, supporters like Owen Jones and the MP Kelvin Hopkin are also Brexiteers. Jez’s stated public position on campaigning for Brexit is qualified:
“I wouldn’t rule it out…Because Cameron quite clearly follows an agenda which is about trading away workers’ rights, is about trading away environmental protection, is about trading away much of what is in the social chapter.”
The odds for the out side have improved with the election of Jeremy Corbyn. The centrist Europhile establishment will now more likely face a two-pronged opposition from left and right when the referendum comes…