TRY to appeal to everyone, and you will end up appealing to no one. Or as Labour MP Mary Creagh put it, when reacting to the launch of her party’s European election campaign yesterday, “Standing in the middle of the road means you get run over from both sides”.

Brexit is the biggest political issue of our generation, and when voters go to the ballot box on May 23, they will have the UK’s future relationship with the EU in their minds.

Remainers will look to the Liberal Democrats, Change UK or the Greens. Leavers will turn to the Brexit Party, UKIP or, if they have sympathy for Theresa May’s attempts to force through her deal, the Conservatives. With all six parties, you know where you stand.

Yet almost three years after the vote that turned British politics on its head, Labour is still no closer to adopting a clear Brexit policy. Does leave mean leave, or is there still the option to remain? Should any deal be put before a People’s Vote, or only one that is shoehorned through without Labour support? Is Labour listening to its heartlands, which overwhelmingly voted leave, or its metropolitan centres, which strongly supported remain?

Jeremy Corbyn’s tactic is to hope the debate disappears. “We’re not trying to win the votes of just leavers or just remainers,” he said. “Instead, we’re reaching out to everyone.”

Reaching out to everyone, but pleasing no one. This was always going to be a difficult European election campaign for Labour, but thanks to yesterday’s prevarication, it has just become even tougher.