John Harris

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Can anyone rescue Labour from this deep irrelevance? | John Harris

The turf wars go on, while the leadership appears bafflingly unable to address the national post-Brexit turmoil

If we hadn’t fully grasped it during the period of phony war that began on 24 June last year, now we know: for the foreseeable future, Brexit and its fallout will define British politics, and subjects that were once barely discussed – trade, tariffs, the fate of our farms and fisheries – will be at the heart of the debate. But so too will the most profound questions our politicians have to deal with: what role Britain can now expect to play in the world, what kind of society will emerge from the mess, and whether the increasingly fragile United Kingdom can hold together.

This is, then, arguably the most momentous period the country has entered since 1945 – which brings us to the Labour party, and its quite astounding irrelevance.

More people who voted Labour in 2015 would choose Theresa May as prime minister than Jeremy Corbyn

Related: Labour could stand up for young voters – if it stops the infighting | Phil McDuff

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