Channel 4 interviewed Jeremy Corbyn about Brexit. Apparently they were only allowed to ask him one question, so they asked the same question six times.
“Do you honestly believe that Britain is better off outside of the EU?”
He cannot answer.
Have a watch.
"Do you honestly believe that Britain is better off outside of the EU?"
That was the question Channel 4 News asked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn six times. pic.twitter.com/Q5I7w5ESnu
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) August 21, 2018
It’s painful to watch. I bet your eyes are rolling by the time you get half way through.
But it is important as well. While he comes across as somehow evasive as he is not answering the question, he is also honest – he cannot bring himself to actually lie, because Britain would not be better off outside the EU. Corbyn twelve or even six months ago would have answered this differently, maintaining the myth that all can be fine and dandy outside the EU.
This should then be seen as part of a softening of Labour’s Brexit position. You are never going to get Corbyn to be appreciative of the EU, but were there to be a political crisis of some sort this autumn in the UK (and even a fresh General Election as a result) then it’s now not inconceivable that Labour could position itself to back a second EU referendum.