Yes. The Corbyn position. But he cannot admit/explain that to the masses because more than half the Labour party membership and those sympathetic to Labour disagree with that view. Hence his relative silence during the referendum. He knew that his enemy’s enemy (the Brexiteers being the enemy of the remainers) were NOT his friends!
He has not (to my knowledge) ever articulated in public in detail how his approach to a non-globalist/capitalist EU would actually work with respect to all the other benefits we HAVE reaped from the EU (e.g. starting with the list of bodies and deliverables I cited earlier)
In any event the masses would never ‘get’ his ideological approach to the EU being a bad thing for ‘the workers’ - we’ve long since decided we like cheap Asian goods and fresh food flown in from around the planet and so on, and AFAICS his anti-globalist philosophy only leads him to being proto-Trump, with tariffs and trade barriers/restrictions.
Cos it’s only in his International Socialist wet dreams that the rest of the world will adopt his anti-capitalist approaches (pay workers a decent wage, regulate capitalists purely for societal aims and to hell with profit and pension scheme investments, and so on)
NOBODY has ever told the truth. You want jobs and welfare - that takes taxes. Without proper taxes we end up beholden to international capital which is how we got to where we are today. Choose, people.
He should have come out and said: The customs union and free movement are good things. The UK can control immigration under free movement if we decided to spend the money we ought to in order to properly control borders. The Tories have bleated about cutting immigration for years all while hypocritically cutting the Border Force and making it harder. But EU rules that restrict the UK govt doing what is best for the UK re industrial policy, nationalisation, industrial strategy (state subsidies) and so on are bad. And we need some local (UK) economy-specific tariffs/protections, as do other EU countries. Current EU rules prevent all this. This could all be negotiated within the EU if we stayed and if it reformed. The CAP is bad and needs starting from scratch with a strategy to produce food and protect the rural economy and the environment, not subsidise huge agro-businesses. The Common Fisheries policy needs the same fresh start, again to protect the environment and so the UK can get back to having control of its fisheries and fishing quotas, instead of letting the quotas be sold off to other Europeans. The EU needs to find a better way to protect and grow local jobs than it has done to date. Look where that got us - mass migration for economic reasons, lies and deceit about national economies and the euro - austerity for Greece (if you think ours is bad …). But I am an internationalist and believe we will be worse off if we follow the right-wing deregulation fuckwits who are telling you lies daily. Your lives will be worse if we leave the EU now in the way they propose. VOTE remain, VOTE labour and let’s send a strong signal to the EU that it has to change. Once there is a Labour govt I will give the EU five years to start demonstrably changing - with our help - or I promise we will then have another referendum.
Well, it might have scared the EU enough to actually listen.
And yes, I’m still very ranty and sick of this shit, so some of the above may not be entirely coherent, entirely consistent, or reality-based. But you get my thrust. You probably put it all much more succinctly when you said:
Except that I’d have preferred trying to get it while still IN the EU, first. Only if that failed…