Corbyn refuses to back remain but supports second referendum to confirm Brexit deal
It seems that all political parties are currently manoeuvring in the belief that a general election is just around the corner and while shaping their manifestos, it is no surprise that Brexit is their main focus.
Of course, with Boris Johnson now at the helm of the Conservatives, it is clear that leaving the European Union is front and centre of his mandate, even if that means Brexit without a deal. This positions them clearly on a par with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, and it is therefore hoped that it would cancel out any voters who might have gravitated towards them under May’s leadership.
Jo Swinson has a totally opposing view, which she hopes will pull remainers, of all political persuasions, to the Lib Dem fold. It is Ms Swinson’s belief that the UK should totally commit to a partnership with the continent and will campaign to revoke Article 50 at the ballot box, in effect to cancel Brexit altogether.
The Labour Party however has been sitting firmly on the Brexit fence over the past three years, although over the past three weeks, Deputy Leader Tom Watson has indicated that he believes Labour should also campaign vigorously to remain.
Jeremy Corbyn however, who was always regarded as a Eurosceptic, has been loathe to exclude Labour supporters who voted in favour of Brexit from the debate, and as such has been unable to fully embrace Watson’s position.
Now, however, it appears that Corbyn has rallied behind a third position which he is ready to stand by at any forthcoming ballot box.
His energies will go behind putting any new deal agreed with the EU back to the public in a referendum that would offer a choice of the deal on the table, or to remain allied to Europe.
He has made it absolutely clear to members of his own party, that he will not campaign to remain, but will propel the idea of voting on any deal back into the electorate’s domain.
His views have been aired specifically just before the Labour Party Conference, so that there can be no doubt, while voting on the party’s imminent manifesto, where he stands.
Of course, this does not mean that conference will support his position, or him, which may compromise his leadership of the party, but it seems very unlikely that at this point in time that Labour will change their leader, although many polls have suggested that Labour could attract more support at the ballot box if he were replaced.
“Any political leader who wants to bring the country together cannot wish away the votes of 17 million who wanted to leave, any more than they can ignore the concerns of the 16 million who voted to remain...”
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