Thursday February 20, 2020

Time for Corbyn to re-steer the HMS Brexit

Now that the specific realities of leaving the EU are evident, the British Labour leader has a historic opportunity - if he has the stomach for it - to demand a second referendum

7th January, 2018
The aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth: just before Christmas, it was revealed that the ship is leaking. Perhaps, given all the unfortunate circumstances and the symbolism involved, they should have named it HMS Brexit Pic: Leon Neal/Getty

Last December, Britain launched the first of two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth. It’s an enormous ship, the biggest in the Royal Navy, weighing 70,000 tons, costing £3.1 billion and taking eight years to construct. According to the ship’s bombastic publicity hand-out, its deck space consists of four acres of “British sovereign territory”. Indeed.

But sadly it will be some time before it has any aircraft on its decks,...

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