Straddling both sides of the argument was John Mills, chairman of Labour Leave and JML. “I’ve always thought that Britain had a poor deal out of our membership (with the EU)” he said. For Mills, there was an “easy answer” to an optimal Brexit: “For the UK to come out of the single market, out of the European Economic Area, out of the customs union, and then to negotiate a free trade deal with the EU-27.”
Though Labour supporters Rudd and Mills did not back a Conservative win come Thursday, they were not singing from the same hymn sheet on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s potential to be the next prime minister.
Rudd said that he was “very critical” of Corbyn for “having facilitated Brexit and for having such a lackluster campaign during (the run up to) our referendum.” He backed Labour Brexit spokesperson Keir Starmer, who would otherwise lead negotiations, as being “very able.” Should Starmer be leading the charge in Brussels, Rudd said that he “would almost certainly expect us to stay in the single market.”