Wednesday, 17 July 2019

It's now the Right not Lexiters in Labour backing No Deal

The chances of Boris Johnson getting backing from Labour MPs  for a No Deal seems increasingly likely.

It has seemed that the main obstacle to Labour becoming a REMAIN party has been Lexiters like the leader Jeremy Corbyn, who have a somewhat delusional idea that Brexit will lead to a Socialist Utopia  free from the   Capitalist European Union Club.
However it is clear that there are figures on the right pf the Labour Party  who are prepared to bring in a NO-Deal Brexit though the reason for thier support is unclear.

Former shadow cabinet minister Sarah Champion has said she would “take no deal” over remaining in the EU, arguing that Labour had to deliver the result of the referendum.
The Guardian tells us that
MPs close to Boris Johnson have suggested they believe his administration could secure enough Labour votes to pass a new version of a Brexit deal, after Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would campaign for remain in a second referendum.
Champion, a former shadow equalities minister who repeatedly voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, said she could not support Labour transforming into a remain party.

“If my party comes out as a remain party rather than trying to find a deal or rather than trying to exit, I can’t support that, it goes against democracy,” the MP for Rotherham told BBC Politics Live. “I want us to leave, the country wants us to leave and for our democracy I think we have to leave.”
It seems  that the only reason she was invited on the program was to make such a statement , another case perhaps of BBC conclusion with LEAVE politicians
Champion said it was an “awful question” as to whether she would prefer no deal over no Brexit, but she said: 
“If it came to it I would take no deal if that meant we could leave.Champion appeared to suggest she had thought Labour MPs could get more concessions from May, and this had prevented her from backing the prime minister’s deal.
“It’s poker, isn’t it? And if I’m being completely honest, I hoped she would listen to what the Labour frontbench was saying and move and she didn’t. The extent she moved effectively caused her to be sacked.”
Yet she is clearly  prepared to back a Boris Johnson No-Deal without any question of concession or guarentees
Asked whether she would back the government in a confidence vote in order to deliver a no deal, Champion said: 
“I don’t know. Ask me closer to the time.”
Several Labour MPs have expressed regret that they did not vote for May’s Brexit deal in March, before the EU’s extension, including Gareth Snell and Stephen Kinnock. 
“I made a mistake,” Snell told the House of Commons last month. Snell said Labour “will have been responsible for a no-deal Brexit by default because of our inability to make a decision”.
One minister close to Johnson said they believed that if Johnson was confirmed as prime minister he would be more able to bring MPs on board with a new deal. “I don’t think we will get to no deal,” the minister said.
“If Boris is able to bring MPs from all sides of the party on to the campaign, he is more likely to bring people with him to get a deal through. There may now be enough Labour MPs who are ready to end this mess – and sick of Corbyn’s position – in order to pass this.”
Kinnock wrote in the Guardian last month that MPs should have been whipped to back May’s deal, calling it “far from ideal” but calling it “the only feasible means of preventing no deal”.
Labour MPs who are prepared to back a new Brexit deal may not be prepared to vote against their party whip in a confidence vote. A new prime minister’s working majority in the Commons is likely to be reduced to three if the Liberal Democrats win the Brecon and Radnorshire byelection on 1 August.
Can it be that the likes of Champion and Kinnock ironically believe the way to defeat Corbyn (rather than Johnson) is by backing a Tory No Deal  highlighting his lack of leadership.

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