The 585-page withdrawal agreement destroys all the myths that have been peddled by the Brexiteers about the bountiful future that waits outside the EU, the Single Market and the Customs Union.
If Theresa May manages to negotiate a draft withdrawal treaty between her government and the EU 27 one thing is already very clear – it will be a proposal that damages the economy and as a result would harm people’s living standards. Socialists will need to ensure such a deal is rejected.
The Corbyn leadership emerged stronger from the Labour Party conference as the left continues to grow in number and become politically clearer. After a difficult summer the Corbyn leadership had a successful annual party conference in Liverpool at the end of September, promoting an agenda that appeals to wide layers of the population, and which forced the Tories back on to the defensive at their conference the following week.
Through out the summer the media campaign falsely depicting Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite has been significantly stepped up. Labour’s opponents are desperate to get him removed as party leader as Labour’s current popularity with voters means at present it could win a general election.
A number of right-wing Labour figures are organising a concerted campaign to raise the Brexit issue in order to cause difficulties for Jeremy Corbyn. Working closely with Tories and Lib Dems, they are trying to use this issue to undermine Labour’s leadership.
Contrary to widespread media propaganda, claiming a set back for Labour at the English local elections on 3 May, Labour in fact secured a modest but significant electoral advance.