Labour MPs in leave seats say no-deal exit under new ‘fire sale’ PM will follow defeat of May’s withdrawal agreement
Labour MPs in leave-supporting constituencies, primarily in the north of England, have told the SKWAWKBOX they fear a no-deal Brexit under a new Prime Minister eager to exploit it is the inevitable outcome of the failure of Theresa May’s Brexit deal when it comes to another vote early next month.
One northern MP said:
If May falls before a deal is passed, we’ll be facing a hard right Tory PM who will never allow any meaningful deal to come to the House.
They don’t need to – the law means we leave at the end of October with no deal, as long as the UK doesn’t agree a deal before then or ask for another extension, which of course they won’t.|
I’ve got to back my constituents, but it’s not only about principle. The cold fact is that it’s the only way to avoid the worst of all worlds.
The MPs who are gambling everything on securing another referendum seem to be missing the point that the only way to get one is to pass a withdrawal agreement. There’s simply no other route to one.
A third added:
If May’s deal doesn’t pass, we end up with Boris Johnson and his mates all poised to exploit a no-deal scenario. It’ll be a fire-sale of our rights and the country’s assets.
Theresa May is scheduled to re-table the Withdrawal Agreement on 4 June. Calls are mounting for Jeremy Corbyn to allow Labour MPs a free vote.
The MPs’ concerns about their constituents’ views appears to be backed by the surge in popularity of the single-issue Brexit party in the European Parliament election campaign and by the best of the available data.
Remain supporters have attempted to dismiss persistent support for Brexit as driven an anti-immigration mentality – but a data by Survation, the most accurate pollster in the 2017 general election campaign, suggest that this is not the case:
“Percentage of voters from each party who say Immigration is the most important issues for them“:
• Tories 20%
• Labour 14%
• UKIP 13%
• Lib Dems 8%
• Change UK 7%
• Brexit Party 8%
The same survey also strongly suggests that the LibDem/Green vote in the recent local elections was not primarily driven by remain sentiment.
47% who intend to vote Green next week say their primary issue is the Environment, while only 41% who plan to vote LibDem say their number one issue Brexit. Only 43% of those who voted Remain in 2016 said that Brexit is their primary issue next week.
In fact, a large majority of voters intending to vote Green, LibDem or Change UK do not even understand what the Brexit policy of those parties is:
Tory incompetence and dishonesty has brought the UK to a point where the only choices available are unpalatable and the spin by media and centrist politicians can’t be trusted.
MPs need to be free to decide for themselves which is worse.
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