Jess Phillips is the first Labour leadership candidate to say that the party could campaign to rejoin the EU at the next election, as she became the latest to confirm her candidacy to replace outgoing party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the weekend.
The initial front-runners are thought to be Keir Starmer, the party’s Brexit spokesman, and Rebecca Long-Bailey, seen as a Corbyn loyalist. Starmer, who campaigned for Labour to promise a second referendum on Brexit, now says that the matter has been settled by Boris Johnson’s decisive win in December’s general election.
Labour leadership races have been notoriously hard to call. Corbyn was seen as a rank outsider in 2015 before riding a wave of support from new party members. Phillips is seen as one of Labour’s most popular politicians, with cross-cutting public appeal.
(Benjamin Fox, EURACTIV.com)