Jeremy Corbyn is not lacking clarity on Brexit. He recognises the political reality that, for all the lies and nonsense used to achieve the referendum result, there’s no going back. MPs – Labour or LibDem – who talk about undoing the vote are not interested in getting elected. They are positioning themselves for other purposes, whatever those may be.

But ‘rebel’ Labour MPs – MPs who have never accepted Corbyn’s victory and have been determined to undermine him since his first win in 2015 – have been collaborating with media and right-wing interests by constantly muddying the waters, contradicting or questioning him constantly, while the media spins it as a lack of vision or policy.

Now, by trailing that they are going to rebel against his whip, they have given him an opportunity to kill at least five birds with one stone:
◦show strong leadership that will be clear to the public as such, even if the media tries to spin it otherwise
◦remove some of the worst Labour MPs that have dedicated themselves to undermining Corbyn and demoralising those who support his vision for Labour and for society
◦send a message to those he chooses not to punish that they will ignore at their peril
◦show decisive leadership that can only contrast favourably with the dithering and cravenness of Theresa May and her government
◦remove or neutralise some/many of those preventing his vision – on Brexit and more widely – reaching the electorate

In addition, Corbyn may well have the opportunity to replace retardant right-wing MPs and even to bring a desperately-needed rebalancing to the NEC (National Executive Committee).

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