Jeremy Corbyn has been opposed to a a 2nd referendum on Brexit ever since the process started.
There have been a few motivations ascribed to to this with Corbyn’s mild Euroskepticism (true) and the suggestion that that the EU is fundamentally a neoliberal institution that is structured to dismantle the modern social safety net (also true).
Well, now we have what seems to be a more likely explanation, that Jeremy Corbyn understands the political dynamics involved.
There are two very clear data points:
- 60% of Labour constituencies voted for Brexit, and in a first past the post system this is crucial.
- Supporting a new referendum makes voters less likely to support the Labour Party.
As Labour Party leader, these have to be a part of his considerations.