The Establishment media are busily pushing fake news about Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment to the government’s Brexit bill – claiming that it represents a move toward a so-called “people’s vote” (PV).
In fact it demands that Theresa May schedule ample parliamentary time for any options needed to avoid a no-deal Brexit – which options may include an opportunity for MPs to debate and vote whether to put any strengthened deal to the public. This is all precisely in line with Labour’s stated policy agreed at its annual conference in September.
The intelligence of Corbyn’s strategy has already been revealed by the number of centrist PV-advocates who – after spending months telling anyone who’ll listen that the country must have a “people’s vote” and are now calling for Parliament to ‘take control’ – have been forced to admit that they will vote against the amendment to let MPs discuss putting a question to the people.
Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, Mike Gapes, Sarah Wollaston and others are all either reported to have indicated, or have publicly done so on their social media feeds, that they will vote against Corbyn’s amendment, while LibDem leader Vince Cable pouted that it wasn’t good enough to call for MPs to decide democratically – he wanted Labour to call for a referendum now.
But outside such characters, Corbyn’s amendment is aimed at uniting his party behind something that respects the UK’s people – and its democracy – and in that he has resoundingly succeeded, as the entire Shadow Cabinet has agreed unanimously to back the amendment.
These declarations mean that the amendment is unlikely to pass – but in forcing centrist MPs of all parties to admit that they will oppose a measure that would put the question of another vote to Parliament, Corbyn has deftly exposed the real motives of those shouting most loudly for another referendum, while Labour gets on with the real business of representing the many irrespective of their vote in 2016.
He has also pulled his party together, with only the predictable hold-outs – who would likely refuse to unify on anything that would strengthen Corbyn’s hand anyway – providing a dissenting voice.
The people of this country will see the wisdom of this course. Let’s help them hear about it in spite of Establishment media efforts.
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