Well, he did a lot more than that in this interview with The Independent. But that’s what caught my eye. On that, he said:
“I don’t think it’s confusing,” he said. “What we’re saying is we want that relationship with Europe which means we are formally leaving the European Union, of course, and that is the position.
“I say to them: we’re part of the same continent, we have to maintain the economic relationship, the university relationship, the university relationship must be maintained and absolutely continued membership of Erasmus scheme and make that extremely clear. We are not going to allow this country to go off a cliff in March 2019 as some in the Tory party want to happen.”
Well. Corbyn is a notorious euro-skeptic so I am not surprised he embraced the results of a constitutionally dubious referendum. Even though he campaigned Remain. However, even he thinks that the hard Brexit so many Tories love is insanity.
I don’t think there’s any good reason to support the result of the referendum. As I said before, it’s just an expensive opinion poll of people’s feelings at the time. There is no reason for Labour or Lib-Dems to be committed to Brexit, though I’m not convinced a second referendum is worth the paper it would be printed on.
Corbyn has a dilemma – some of his party love a hard Brexit as much as the insane Tories. It’s political porn for them. It’s going to come to a point where he has to stop trying to have his cake and eat it – a soft Brexit with all the trimmings and none of the obligations. That’s clearly not going to happen. The longer he puts it off, the weaker and wobblier his position is going to be. He could become Labour’s Theresa May.