The so-called “people’s vote” campaign makes a lot of noise and insists, as if it is self-evident, that the route to Downing Street for the Labour Party runs via another EU referendum.
To those aware of the electoral realities, for example the more than 60% of Labour constituencies that voted leave in 2016, the main self-evident thing is that the claim is nonsense – and the latest polling bears out that assessment.
The LibDems campaign openly on a ‘stop Brexit’ platform – and in YouGov’s latest poll of Westminster voting intention, the LibDems stand on a paltry seven percent – their joint-lowest score in eleven months:
YouGov’s methodology routinely understates Labour’s vote, but their LibDem figure is not an outlier. Survation – the most reliable of the pollsters – has reflects similar recent results:
As coverage given to a well-funded ‘PV’ campaign has increased in recent months, the LibDems’ performance has actually fallen relative to their numbers in the summer.
If stopping Brexit is such a vote-winner, it’s not affecting their popularity – or rather lack of it.
Like the claim of Labour’s falling membership – revealed yesterday to be a myth, as the party’s member figures have remained unchanged over the last three months – the idea that Labour can ride to power by ignoring the millions who voted leave is pure propaganda. Weak propaganda at that, since it falls apart on even a cursory examination.
Labour’s commitment to honouring the referendum result and getting the best possible deal for all the UK’s people, instead of ignoring one half or the other, is clearly not only the most morally right but the most intelligent course for the opposition. It remains so as we start 2019.
Which, of course, raises the question of the real motives of the array of anti-Corbyn centrists shouting for the party to change course and ignore the vast numbers of people who voted to leave the EU in 2016.
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