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Corbyn and Labour must now go hell for leather for another referendum | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The Commons roared its mockery at her belated pledge to reach across the House to consult on what comes next. Too late – two and a half years too late. Had she from day one announced herself prime minister of the whole nation, the defender of the 48% as well as the 52%, she might have forged an agreement to stay as close to the EU as possible. Instead she wasted her time appeasing the extremists, for whom no Brexit can ever be hard enough. She let them feel they ruled the roost – and so they did. And look how low they brought her in return.
UK  EU  Brexit  referendum  PeoplesVote  CorbynJeremy  dctagged  dc:creator=ToynbeePolly  politics 
january 2019 by petej
An election would be a headache for Labour – and all-out war for the Tories | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
But an election called now would cause both major parties near-terminal dilemmas in how to fight it. Labour might hope and try to make it about other issues, but this time there would be no ducking the question. On Thursday, Corbyn talked of a victorious Labour government re-opening negotiations on better terms. That’s what he must say this week, in the prescribed sequencing, but next week that will change. It is entirely impossible that Labour, its members, its MPs and polling pressure from its voters, could allow a campaign in favour of any kind of Brexit. But nor, many say, could it baldly call for remain. It would have to put a referendum into its manifesto, with the party supporting remain. There would be dissenters.

But that would be nothing compared with the warfare that would break out over the Tory manifesto in an election now. The party would fragment in radically different directions, European Research Group versus remainers, referendumites, Canadians and Norwegians. Besides, they would need a new leader fast and their membership would choose a more divisive ardent Brexiteer.
UK  politics  Brexit  withdrawalAgreement  generalElection  LabourParty  CorbynJeremy  referendum  PeoplesVote  Article50  extension  dctagged  dc:creator=ToynbeePolly 
january 2019 by petej

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