Brits think Labour will unpick Brexit. They may be disappointed.

Press quote (Politico)
05 June 2024

Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said economics could prove the most crucial factor in deciding a Labour government's EU policy

“Most Labour members and party activists are strongly pro-European and would like to go back into the EU. So there's pressure from them already, but the leadership has resisted that pressure for the last few years and can go on resisting it if it wants,” he said.

“I think that the pressure for Labour to change policy and become bolder is the economy itself: any kind of objective economic assessment would say that you can't get a lot more economic growth if you have this millstone Boris Johnson's Brexit deal tied around your neck.”

...This line of thinking might be helped along by businesses — with whom Starmer’s party is growing increasingly close. “Behind the scenes, a lot of businesses are telling Labour that they need to change that change the policies and become bolder on Europe because businesses are suffering, particularly manufacturers, from the from the border controls,” Grant added.