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Goodbye Berliner, auf wiedersehen Berlin, so long Labour? | Letters

Just as the Guardian is changing format, so can the EU, but Labour must also change its approach to Brexit, says Nick Mayer, while Mike Harding explains why he has torn up his Labour membership card

Martin Kettle’s Brexit advice to Jeremy Corbyn (On Europe, Labour was right to be cautious. No longer, 12 January) bears striking and therefore credible resemblance to Tony Blair’s recent intervention (Tony Blair: timid Labour risks becoming handmaiden of Brexit, 3 January). For those who have swung behind Corbyn in the spirit of a party unity that Kettle rightly says matters, it is now time for the Labour leader to have the courage of his office to make the audacious case for as close a relationship with the EU as is possible.

Readers of these pages today say a fond au revoir to the Berliner Guardian with faith in the editorial drive to embrace change while maintaining the highest journalistic integrity. Likewise, Corbyn has a chance to take inspiration from Blair’s and others’ wise pro-EU counsel to deliver an audacious plan for collaboration with a reforming and improving EU.

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