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Supporting a Tory deal? April 30, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Wasn’t surprised to read this at the weekend, that Labour in Britain may be backing away from a second referendum:

Labour is prepared to sign up to a Brexit deal with the government without the promise of a referendum attached if cross-party talks make significant progress in the coming days, one of the party’s negotiators has said.
With talks set to resume on Monday, Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, made clear that if Labour’s Brexit demands were met, she would not expect the party to insist it be put to a public vote.


“Our party policy has always been that firstly we want to get a Brexit deal that puts our economy and living standards first and protects our environmental protections, workplace protections, health and safety standards,” she said.

“If we don’t get a deal that satisfies those objectives – if it’s a damaging deal, a damaging Tory Brexit deal, or there’s a risk of us moving towards a no deal – in that circumstance, we’ve said that all options should be on the table, and that includes campaigning for a public vote,” she added.

I’ve long argued that a second vote is problematic, and I also wonder would it be won? There’s no end of risk in it. What’s more intriguing is that Labour might, just might, sign up to a Tory deal. I’ve also long argued that May’s deal, for all its flaws, is probably as good as it gets given the riven nature of the British polity, but for the BLP there’s no end of risk in that too.


1. An Sionnach Fionn - April 30, 2019

I’m still leaning towards a no-deal exit by the UK. Even with the drama and feverish excitement of all the Westminster votes in abeyance, there is still a strong “leave means leave” strand in the UK that is continuing to rumble away.

The local and Euro elections could be the weather vanes in all this. If the electorate punishes the Tories or Troy voters stay at home or UKIP and then UKIP and the Brexit Party have a strong showing in the elections then pressure will be on to either accept the May deal to plug the crumbling dam or to go full Brexiteer to save Tory and some Labour careers.

Farage must be kicking himself that the organisation wasn’t in place to contest the locals.


2. GW - April 30, 2019

If the BLP do a deal with the Tories and if that gets through the British Parliament that’s it for a hope of a majority for them in the next election and they have lost Scotland for ever. I just don’t buy the ‘Labour remainers will have no where else to go” argument. Many won’t vote, and some will vote Green.

With ASF I think no deal is still most likely, especially if Labour don’t go with their membership and voters and fully support a confirmatory election.

Which will suit S. Milne just fine – the worse the better.

Time will tell.


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