Before the referendum, Jeremy Corbyn's commitment to keeping Britain in Europe was flaky at best - he voted in favour of leaving the European Economic Community in 19751 and many of his allies said he'd have campaigned for a Leave vote if he hadn't been Labour leader:
Jeremy Corbyn is “completely opposed to the EU” and would be campaigning for a vote to leave if he was not leading the Labour Party, one of his oldest political allies has claimed.”
Tariq Ali, Independent, 16th May 20162
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that during the referendum, he and his team repeatedly watered down, or refused to make statements that were pro-Europe and some in his own party and many in the Remain campaign even went as far to say he was deliberately undermining the campaign:
Jeremy Corbyn's office sought to delay and water down the Labour Remain campaign. Sources suggest that they are evidence of "deliberate sabotage".
The day after the referendum, he immediately abandoned everyone who'd voted remain, saying:
After yesterday's European referendum, politicians of all parties must listen to and respect the vote.
Jeremy Cobyn, Twitter4
"Article 50 has to be invoked now"
LabourList, 24th June 20165
"A Labour spokesman said the referendum result showed “Jeremy’s views were in tune with the people"
Huffington Post, 25th June 20167
With the Tories crowing, UKIP buoyant and Labour waving the white flag, the only party left waving the pro-European flag were the LibDems - compare what Jeremy had to say to what Tim said the day after the referendum:
The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not out.
Tim Farron, 24th June 2016
That set the tone for the next few months. Labour would repeatedly support the government as it pushed for a hard Brexit.
Brexit is happening and Parliament must accept it.
Jeremy Corbyn, Independent 19th Sept 20166
“Jeremy Corbyn says UK should reject key aspects of single market after Brexit”
The Guardian 7th Sept 20168
Under Corbyn's leadership, Labour supported Tory plans to take us out of the single market and offered only the faintest resistance.
We're not going to hold this up. The British people have spoken and Article 50 will be triggered when it comes to Westminster.
Tom Watson, Mirror 6th November 20167
Last week, when the Article 50 bill was passed, Labour had the opportunity to amend the bill to ensure the government's negotiating priorities included keeping us in the single market, guaranteeing EU citizens right to stay and giving the people the final say on the deal in a referendum.
They failed to pass a single amendment, then voted for the bill anyway - giving this Conservative Brexit Government a blank cheque.
The Conservatives can now negotiate whatever they want, with no scrutiny and no chance of it being stopped.
Jeremy Corbyn even had the audacity to claim after the vote that the "real fight starts here".
Yeah. We called bollocks on that too.
Now, Labour are even trying to outdo UKIP claiming in leaflets that they "support Brexit" and are bragging that they voted to trigger Article 50.
This from a party that even months ago was supposedly campaigning for a Remain vote.
The blunt fact is, if you voted Remain, Labour will not represent you. They've proven that time and time again.
If you want a party that will stand up for you, that will actually oppose this Government's plan for a hard Brexit and if you want a party that is united in fighting to protect Britain's place in Europe, then you need to stand with us. Add your name today and say you'll help fight Brexit: