Jeremy Corbyn has told Theresa May he will back a Brexit deal she brings back from Europe as long as it means Britain is staying in a customs union, protecting jobs, workers rights and standards for the environment.
The Labour leader’s pledge appears to hold out a lifeline to a prime minister who finds herself at the mercy of Tory Brexiteers who have vowed to torpedo her proposals.
But it also represents an adjustment in Labour’s Brexit rhetoric, coming after a week in which shadow cabinet minister Sir Keir Starmer indicated his party was likely to vote down any deal Ms May secured.
Corbyn will settle for almost anything to get out of Europe. Except for a referendum that offers a Remain option, that he can’t abide, being a doctrinaire anti-European.
If Corbyn really wants to get into bed with the Tories, it’s an alliance made in hell. It makes it impossible to vote for either party if this treachery goes ahead. Labour’s leadership are speaking in so many contradictory voices, it really is difficult to assert they have a leadership, it twists all over the place.
The conference isn’t over, but I’m convinced Corbyn isn’t prime ministerial material. Neither is May, of course, but Corbyn would be no improvement.