Jeremy Corbyn starts answering questions about Brexit with cryptic folk allusions

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Following an interview on Robert Peston’s flagship show, Mr Corbyn confounded observers by responding to queries on the subject of Labour’s view of Europe with odd references to the farrier’s wife counting her pies on Whitsun’s day.

Whereas Mr Corbyn was effective at lambasting the social policies of Theresa May’s government, his evasiveness on the subject of the customs unions left Mr Peston frustrated and glibly told that “you can’t expect to lark on the Common if your cap has no more feathers.”

A hasty press conference organized at Labour HQ confirmed Mr Corbyn’s tactic was part of a broader strategy.

Simon Williams, deputy party chairman, also turned to obscure homilies when talking about the UK’s broader relationship with the EU.

He explained, “Only Jeremy Corbyn can restore social justice to Britain. We will not shy away from taking assets from private ownership if they continue their race to the bottom in wages and benefits.

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“And he will go to Strasbourg, to Bremen and to Ghent. And though the bluebells have withered, the good cheer is not spent.”

“The shabby incompetence of this callous government persecutes the weakest in our society. And we are clear that we want a Brexit that puts the cat in the parson’s garden and have us drinking toddy on Sunnyside Lane.”

Other Labour politicians have embraced the policy with mixed levels of enthusiasm.

Emily Thornberry answered a question about her party’s refusal to countenance a second referendum by breaking into a bawdy song about drovers and washerwomen while Keir Starmer reluctantly played a tune on a homemade reed flute.