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Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is the ‘out’ campaign’s secret weapon

It’s not that secretly he wants to leave the EU. It’s that he obviously doesn’t care

27 February 2016

9:00 AM

27 February 2016

9:00 AM

Europe has opened up an unbridgeable chasm in the Conservative party. Labour remains, near as dammit, united. On the EU referendum, an opposition accustomed to defeat has a rare chance of victory.

Yet when Jeremy Corbyn makes the case for staying in he speaks without conviction. Like a man called into work on his day off, his weary expression and dispirited voice tell you he would rather be somewhere else.

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