Labour Cabinet Secretary: Party's stance on Brexit 'utter BS'

Clay Curtis
September 11, 2019

Mr Watson will say that so much has changed since the original referendum in 2016 it was "no longer a valid basis" for determining Britain's future and the priority should be a new public vote before an election.

In a speech on Wednesday in London, Mr Watson will say a single-issue Brexit election may not break the deadlock in Parliament - something only a second referendum can achieve with certainty.

Ordering the Prime Minister to seek a further extension to Article 50 is a gift to Boris Johnson's bid to present himself as the champion of the biggest democratic vote in British history who has to face off a Parliament determined to thwart the people's will.

Although the debate ended without a vote and was not attended by the Prime Minister it was targeting, the session had been called by Labour MPs alarmed at the possibility the Prime Minister might find a way around a law they had passed to ban a full Brexit, forcing the nation to delay its withdrawal from the European Union once again. "I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his hesitation, but the obvious conclusion is that he does not think he will win".

MPs voted by 311 to 302 for a motion by a rebel Conservative MP demanding the government publish all documents relating to Operation Yellowhammer, the effort to prepare for a "no deal" Brexit.

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (left). "If Labour is in government it will negotiate the best possible deal it can and let people decide between that deal and the current deal as European Union members", said one person with knowledge of the meeting. "Just as we worked throughout the summer to pass a law preventing no deal, so we will work each and every day we are shut down to enforce that law".

One Corbyn loyalist in the shadow cabinet said, "Tom has been increasingly detached from mainstream Labour thinking". As the Prime Minister's top adviser reportedly said, the negotiations are "a sham".

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits in the back of a car as he leaves parliament in London Monday Sept. 9 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson voiced optimism Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached so Britain leaves the European Uni

But we do not have the luxury of acclaiming or lamenting the Labour leadership's decisions from the sidelines.

The PM is expected on Tuesday to continue to campaign for the election he is yet to have any success in triggering.

"Labour is on the side of the people in the real battle against the born-to-rule establishment that Johnson represents". Whether it is or isn't, the labour movement mobilisation against Boris Johnson's government should build throughout September and aim at a huge demonstration for democracy outside the Conservative Party conference, focused on forcing an election to address the catastrophic social, economic and environmental crises afflicting our country and the world.

"So a general election is coming".

"It will put us at the mercy of Trump and the big United States corporations itching to get their teeth further into our NHS, sound the death knell for our steel industry, and permanently drive down rights and protections for workers".

These included continued customs union membership until the question of whether to leave could be settled at a general election; and closer alignment with the EU on workers' rights and environmental standards.

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