POSSIBLY the biggest mistake the Labour Party has made in its entire history is its opposition to Brexit.

In the 1970s and 1980s the main opposition to Brexit came from people on the left wing of the Labour Party, in particular Tony Benn and Barbara Castle.

Unfortunately, by rejecting the views of the majority of working people, Labour has allowed the Brexit debate to be hijacked by unprincipled opportunists such as Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.

Instead of sulking over Britain leaving the undemocratic EU, socialists should spit out their collective dummies and embrace Brexit, because it will allow the state far greater opportunities to intervene in the economy.

Moreover, the Tories and the Brexit Party need to be held to account for the outrageous promises that they have said that Brexit will bring about.

Boris Johnson has promised “national renewal”. Brexit MEP Anne Widdecombe boasted of the “glorious future that awaits us” and the right-wing Daily Express envisages a “British Renaissance”.

So, there you have it, by 2025 poverty will be eliminated, living standards will massively rise, housing will become affordable again and homelessness will disappear.

Moreover, Bishop Auckland Tory MP Dehenna Davison will bring back our A&E, revitalise our high streets and get young people into work. In short, Bishop Auckland will soon be the Venice of the north.

Those who believe these Tory promises will believe anything.

John Gilmore, Bishop Auckland.