27 September 2019

Johan Adamson

What a week in politics !

The Labour conference and Boris keeping us busy.

And after 3 years we are still on Brexit.

I personally have always liked Corbyn's position on Brexit and despite the press saying so, it hasn’t really changed from the outset.

Corbyn always proposed respecting the result of the referendum, staying in the single market and holding a vote on any deal:

This is the best deal we can get – is this what you wanted or would you rather remain?

He always said Labour would oppose a bad deal or no deal, and this is what has happened.

The Labour position respects both sides, whereas the Tories have abandoned their Remainers and the Liberal Democrats have abandoned their Leavers, and some might add they have abandoned democracy altogether in wanting to revoke article 50.

I would also like to revoke article 50 but I can see that this is against both the result of the referendum, and against parliament, which agreed.

Corbyn is offering an important compromise for both sides.

The only risk is that, if we have an election before any deal, it might yet again be a rerun of the referendum where people are so polarised, and we again get either the Brexit party or the Liberal Democrats.

In the fairly recent European elections the country was still split leave or remain.

I personally don’t really want either the Liberal Democrats or the Brexit party to govern us, or all our good MPs to be gone, in any race to the bottom.

In a less polarised world Corbyn’s plan might work.

I would like it all to be over - like the rest of the country - so I would prefer the referendum on the deal or remain now, then it is settled, and then have a General Election.

This would thwart Swinson’s plan to take all the Remain votes, and allow us to vote on their actual policies, if they have any.

So Boris - please reopen Parliament, show us your deal, then we can vote for the deal or remain.

When we prefer EU membership to the deal, because it is a lot less than we were promised by Boris 3 years ago, with no replacement to the backstop, then it is all over on Brexit at last, and a bonus that it is also curtains for Boris and the Tories.
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