After Labour suffered its worst electoral defeat since 1935 in the December 2019 common election, Jeremy Corbyn introduced that he wouldn’t lead the occasion in one other election marketing campaign.
Thus started a scramble for Labour’s subsequent chief.
With Brexit being such a key and ongoing situation in Parliament, and with it being named as one of the key issues Labour confronted throughout the General Election, right here’s what it’s worthwhile to learn about the Brexit stances of two Labour leadership contenders.
Where does Lisa Nandy stand on Brexit?
She tried to steer Labour MPs to desert a second referendum push for a softer Brexit. She has since blamed the occasion’s place on the situation for his or her catastrophic loss in the election.
During a speech in London on Wednesday, Nandy criticised the present Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn for falling into the ‘trap’ of letting Brexit turn into framed as a tradition struggle. She mentioned that the occasion did not rally the nation round a comfortable Brexit after the referendum.
Nandy, who’s backed by 31 Labour MPs and MEPs, additionally mentioned that the occasion ought to have introduced constructive arguments in defence of internationalism and freedom of motion.
She had beforehand advised the BBC’s Andrew Neil that voters who had deserted Labour over Brexit might nonetheless be reconciled with the precept of the freedom of motion.
Where does Rebecca Long-Bailey stand on Brexit?
Ms Long-Bailey, the Shadow Business Secretary, voted for a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU in 2015, however voted to stay in 2016.
She then voted in favour of the UK leaving by 2017, and repeatedly mentioned that the occasion should respect the final result of the referendum.
However, in 2017 she described Labour’s Brexit coverage as ‘have our cake and eat it’. In October the MP for Salford and Eccles mentioned that she backed Labour’s plan for a second referendum on Brexit after going ‘on a journey’, however was closely criticised for showing to dodge a query from Sky News host Sophy Ridge about whether or not Labour would marketing campaign to go away.
She has beforehand admitted that sustaining entry to the customs union or single market can be politically difficult, however that Labour must be versatile.
Ms Long-Bailey has lengthy backed additional EU integration and voted for EU nationals’ proper to stay in the UK.
Who are the frontrunners in the Labour leadership race?
There are 5 candidates in the newest spherical of the Labour leadership race: Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Emily Thornberry.
Sir Keir, the MP for Holborn and St Pancras and shadow Brexit secretary, was first to make it onto the poll and continues to be a frontrunner. However, there was a groundswell of help for the subsequent Labour chief to be a lady. The shadow overseas secretary, Emily Thornberry, shouldn’t be seen as a favorite, solely making it over the line by way of nominations after Clive Lewis dropped out.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor and occasion powerhouse, is reportedly additionally anticipating Ms Long-Bailey to exchange Mr Corbyn. If on Friday her bid receives the endorsement of Unite, one of the largest UK unions, she might safe her place in the last spherical.
But Ms Nandy, the MP for Wigan, obtained an enormous enhance on Tuesday night when she gained the help of the GMB union, one of the largest backers of the Labour occasion. Jess Phillips, the Birmingham Yardley MP who deserted the race on Tuesday, additionally threw her help behind Ms Nandy.
Candidates want the nominations of three Labour associates, together with at the least two unions – at the least 5% of affiliate members. Alternatively, they will obtain nominations from at the least 33 constituency Labour events (CLPs).