Leading Labour MP pins Brexit party surge on Shadow Brexit Secretary – as others demand to know his plan to stop no-deal Brexit
A senior member of the Shadow Cabinet has pointed the finger at Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer for the strong polling of the Brexit party in the north of England.
The MP said:
Keir’s constant emphasis on a new referendum has made us vulnerable in northern seats and allowed Farage to exploit it even though he daren’t mention a policy beyond leaving the EU. A lot of people are so angry they don’t care at the moment.
It started when he went off-script to talk about remain as an option during his Conference speech and he never misses an opportunity to mention it in some form in every appearance. There’s no question it’s hurting us and damaging voter trust – and it’s going to hand Johnson and Farage an early Christmas present.
Other Labour MPs are now demanding that Starmer says how he intends to prevent a no-deal Brexit when the most likely consequence of his insistence – against Labour policy – that any deal would have to go back to the public is likely to be Boris Johnson as PM, not only free to run down the clock to a default no-deal exit but to exploit it in a ‘fire sale’ of assets and a bonfire of human rights.
Centrist Stephen Kinnock made a similar point on Friday evening’s Channel 4 News – though without naming Starmer – when he told the programme that a no-deal Brexit had become hugely more likely and linked it specifically to those pushing for another referendum:
It’s time for a reshuffle, so Labour can send a clear message to the public.
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