NEWS emerged yesterday that Labour had moved another step towards becoming a Remain party.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn says the party is challenging the next Tory leader to hold another referendum before taking Britain out of the EU, in an attempt to stop “no deal or a damaging Tory Brexit.”

The move, as everything does when it comes to Brexit, received a split reaction.

Hard line Remainers were pleased, but criticised it for not going far enough, while Brexiteers see it as the wrong move and not honouring the result of the referendum.

I can see it from both sides. As I have previously written in this column I voted remain in the 2016 referendum, but now support Brexit and believe that the referendum result must be acted on.

I have also said in the past any confirmatory secondary referendum needed to have been held within a year of the first. But that opportunity has now gone, we are where we are, and we have to leave now.

Both Labour and Conservative have had the problem of attempting to please everyone these past few years, as Leavers and Remainers are supporters of both parties. But with something so divisive as Brexit that has just become more difficult.

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s failed Brexit strategy led to what we are seeing now - Labour and Conservatives having their own open civil wars played out in the Commons, and in the media.

But I get the feeling a lot of this is about to become academic, as Boris Johnson is about to win the party leadership. And it looks to me, as Prime Minister, his first move, to try and get the European Union to reopen the withdrawal agreement, will be rejected. With no extension this time, the UK will then leave with no deal in October.

Whether that prospect is good or bad is again dependant on your stance on Brexit, but for me I will be glad to see this period of British politics - where nothing substantial appears to be getting done - to be over. Once we leave I could see talk of a people’s vote disappearing for a while, although not really going away.

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If there is a surprise result and Jeremy Hunt wins the leadership contest, I can only see more of the same May strategy - failed attempts to get a better deal and extensions into 2020.