The EU quandary: Labour’s efforts to build good relations and keep red lines


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Keir Starmer swept to the Labour leadership as the man who put rejoining the EU on the party’s agenda in the bleak years after the Brexit vote. But as he prepares for power, the chance of a Starmer government negotiating re-entry was summed up by the Labour peer Lord Mandelson this week: “You’ve got to be joking!” Brexit barely figures on voters’ list of pressing concerns, with inflation and the economy at the top. But it is likely to be a recurring – and potentially fraught – feature of a Starmer premiership. Since Rishi Sunak dialled down some of the...