Streeting – “Clear message that Labour cannot afford to be seen as pro-hard Brexit”

If younger voters think Labour is a pro-Brexit party then Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of entering No 10 as Prime Minister could be dashed, according to a new poll from “Our Future, Our Choice” a newly formed campaign being launched today (Monday).

The poll, conducted by YouGov, shows that Labour’s support would slump to just 30% (excluding ‘don’t know’ and ‘won’t vote’) amongst all age groups if it is seen to be a pro-Brexit party, with almost a quarter (23%) of Labour’s 2017 voters defecting to the Lib Dems.

Amongst younger voters the collapse in Labour support would be even more dramatic, with less than half (49%) of 2017 Labour voters aged under-40 willing to stick with Labour if the party takes a pro-Brexit stance, with a quarter (25%) defecting to the Lib Dems.

 

Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“The message to Labour is clear – as we approach the point where we have to make a choice about whether to support or oppose the Government’s policy of a hard Brexit with Britain outside the Customs Union and Single Market, backing the Government would be an electoral disaster. 

“Labour needs to offer hope and mobilise a strong coalition of voters opposed to a hard Brexit. Hugging the Tories close might have made some sense once but continuing to do it now would be a very serious mistake.”

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Notes to editors

Our Future, Our Choice’s website is at: https://www.ofoc.co.uk/home

More details of the campaign can be found at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/05/jeremy-corbyn-young-people-brexit-radical-change