JEREMY Corbyn has compared Theresa May’s handling of Brexit with the “shambles” in the UK railways.

He’s correct to draw the comparison – Mrs May is presiding over arguably the most cack-handed Government in living memory – but Labour’s own Brexit policy isn’t exactly running like a well-oiled engine.

The party is divided over whether to try and stay in the EU’s single market. Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s Brexit spokesman, said MPs had “different views” as he set out a series of compromise proposals on retaining access to the single market.

MPs are due to vote on these and a series of other Lords amendments which are also at odds with the government’s position. Many Labour MPs and peers had hoped Mr Corbyn would say the party would vote for staying in the European Economic Area. But Labour has now said it will not support that amendment, instead setting out compromise plans for full access to the single market. This stops short of calling for the full single market membership sought by a group of vocal Labour MPs.

History will take a dim view of how Labour has dealt with the opportunities within its grasp. On the one hand it has reneged on a pledge to respect the referendum result; on the other, Mr Corbyn’s distaste for Brussels has neutered any serious chance of Labour challenging the Brexit process and calling for a fresh vote on the terms of the deal.

Railing against the Tories is more bluster from Mr Corbyn when his party is off the rails on the most important issue of the day.