Tory members would see the party destroyed in order to secure Brexit

Clay Curtis
June 19, 2019

A large number of Labour MPs believe any deal on the terms of the UK's withdrawal needs to be put to a public vote, with the option to remain in the European Union on the ballot paper.

One thing Labour's divided shadow cabinet does agree on, I'm told, is a reluctance to put "No Deal" on the ballot paper in any public vote, because of the "chaos" leaving without a deal would course, particularly on security.

While this can be viewed as an indirect way to stop Brexit - the suggestion being that if the public doesn't back the deal, there will be no Brexit - it is markedly different from Mr Watson's explicit plea for Labour to become a pro-Remain party.

The Loughborough MP said she had expressed concerns over claims of infiltration of the Conservative Party, telling LBC that past year had seen a "mass, national spike in membership".

"A no-deal Brexit would plunge us into the worst excesses of disaster capitalism and trash our economy on the back of fantasy Tory trade deals or worse, very real and very damaging trade deals with Donald Trump, opening up our NHS to American companies".

A large number of Labour MPs believe any deal on the terms of the UK's withdrawal needs to be put to a public vote, with the option to remain in the European Union on the ballot paper.

Labour MPs in Leave-supporting constituencies have written to Jeremy Corbyn to urge him not to go "full Remain" as the party considers its position on another Brexit referendum.

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YouGov's Matthew Smith said: "Conservative members are not just ideologically committed to Brexit - they also genuinely believe that the failure to deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum will bring about the destruction of the party's electoral chances".

"Doing a deal with the Brexit Party would be an admission of defeat".

Signatories to Wednesday's letter include Caroline Flint, Lisa Nandy, Stephen Kinnock and Dan Jarvis.

When asked if they would like to see Brexit take place, even if it led to Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving the United Kingdom, 63% and 59% respectively of Tory party members said yes. This would further alienate many who backed Labour in 2017. We can put Britain back at the heart of Europe again.

Corbyn, who has been hesitant in the past regarding backing a referendum, is meeting with his head of policy Andrew Fisher and members of the shadow cabinet to discuss a paper that proposes this alternative.

The poll also showed that Tories are aware of the threat that The Brexit Party poses to them if they fail to deliver Brexit, putting the Nigel Farage-led party as a greater threat to the Conservatives than their traditional opposition the Labour Party.

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