Corbyn betraying young people on Brexit? What colossal nonsense : Guardian.

Middle-class, middle-aged remainers will have to try harder to drive a wedge between young Labour voters and the only politician acting in our interests

Matt Zarb-Cousin is a former spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn on stage at Glastonbury last month.
Festival-goers acclaim Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury last month. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Amid cabinet chaos on Brexit and the debate over whether chlorinated chicken is acceptable, there are three things we are sure of. The Labour party isn’t in government; Jeremy Corbyn is not negotiating Brexit; and the Conservatives were the ones who called the EU referendum in the first place. Despite these facts, I have lost count of the hard-line, high-profile remainers describing Corbyn’s position as a “betrayal” of the young people who voted for him, an assumption predicated on the fact that the majority of us young people voted remain.

Labour’s position is to retain the benefits of the single market and the customs union, but Corbyn has refused to commit the party explicitly to remaining inside the single market. Those describing this “betrayal” – who tend to be middle aged and middle class – are generally either second-guessing how young people feel, or telling us how we should feel: angry at Corbyn.

But above all else, as Momentum’s latest video cleverly highlighted, young people are getting a raw deal right now. Yes, many are annoyed about Brexit, but most accept that it’s happening: 49% of 18 to 24-year-olds either voted to leave or respect the result of the referendum, compared with 35% who want it overturned. If we include 25 to 49-year-olds, an age group that also saw a massive swing to Labour in the general election, that rises to 55% who voted for Brexit or accept that the result has to be respected, and that the government must now negotiate a departure.

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1 Comment

  1. If we stay in the single market and the customs union, Corbyn will not be able to implement his manifesto.

    The EU will not allow him to re-nationalise the railways and the gas, electric and water industries, as he wishes to. Also he wants to produce our own steel and other industries, which we were forced to shut down.

    I trust him to get the best of both worlds as regards Europe, without sacrificing workers rights and our ability to produce whatever products necessary to compete with the rest of the world.

    My only regret, is that it is probably too late to withdraw, as most of our industries and skills have been lost over the years, and we are already committed to a European Army.

    The Tories have sold us out to the EU, they have no intention of ever leaving, which is why they are dragging their heels over striking a deal.

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