The deeply worrying determination of our alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, aided and abetted by his chief polecat Dominic Cummings, to run down the clock on the UK’s membership of the EU and therefore expose the country to the economic trauma of a no-deal Brexit, has been focusing minds among opposition parties.
The latest action from the leader of the largest of those parties should focus minds rather more: Jeremy Corbyn has now written to the leaders of other opposition parties, along with Tories who have voiced their forthright opposition to a no-deal Brexit.
“The Government has no mandate for No Deal, and the 2016 EU referendum provided no mandate for No Deal. I therefore intend to table a Vote of No Confidence at the earliest possible opportunity when we can be confident of success” he has told. And there is more.
“Following a successful vote of no confidence in the government, I would then, as Leader of the Opposition, seek the confidence of the House for a strictly time-limited temporary government with the aim of calling a general election, and securing the necessary extension of Article 50 to do so … In that General Election, Labour will be committed to a public vote on the terms of leaving the European Union, including an option to Remain”.
There has been the predictable moaning from those forever opposed to Jezza - Ian Austin, Mike Gapes, Chuka Umunna, Anna Soubry - as well as Jo Swinson, who now claims to be the leader of the Liberal Democrats. But Corbyn is on the soundest ground here.
As David Allen Green has explained this morning, one way of preventing a no-deal Brexit “is for those opposed to a No Deal Brexit to take control of the executive … The Corbyn letter sets out a practical and plausible way how [this] can be carried out … Anyone whose opposition to a No Deal Brexit (or to any Brexit) is an absolute priority must find this proposal attractive”. You can see the full text of his argument HERE.
The problem of irrational opposition to Corbyn was considered by Shaun Lawson, who observed “Who can stop No Deal? Labour. Who can fix the vast injustice which triggered the vote to Brexit in the first place? Labour. Which is the only party with a platform that can actually drag Britain away from the abyss? Labour. And look how Labour and its leader are treated”. And he had a message for those being easily swayed by hostile propagandists.
“This is a country which has lost the plot more than any First World nation I've ever known. It attacks good people as bad people. It hails bad people as good people. It enables the powerful and punishes the powerless. Its media doesn't hold truth to power; it parrots power's lies”. Corbyn has outlined the way forward; we should get real.
That was also the message from Owen Jones: “Labour won 40% of the vote two years ago, nearly the same vote share as the government; its leader is twice elected … A temporary government should be led by the politician with the biggest democratic mandate … Do you oppose Corbyn as PM more than No Deal? Really?”
If not now, when? If not Corbyn, who? There is no credible alternative for anyone looking to defeat a no-deal Brexit. It is time for the games to end, and reality to be faced.
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