Divided UK Labour struggles with Brexit

Labour was against Brexit and when the result of the June 23 referendum came in, shocked MPs launched a coup against leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, who they accused of a lacklustre campaignDistracted by a bitter leadership contest, Britain’s main opposition Labour party has struggled to present a vision of Brexit to challenge the ruling Conservatives — and many fear the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn will do little to change this. There are concerns the lack of an alternative could result in a “hard Brexit”, where Britain agrees to leave the European single market as the price of cutting EU immigration — and forges a free market-driven future on its own. “It’s about jobs, as well as environmental policies, workers’ rights or maternity rights that we fought for years to get,” Glenis Willmott, an MEP and the leader of European Parliamentary Labour Party, told AFP.

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