Corbyn’s offer to block disastrous Johnson Brexit can succeed – but centrists unlikely to set aside egos for one vote
Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to opposing MPs offering to stop Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit with their support offers the UK its most realistic opportunity to avoid a no-deal scenario – and offers hard-remainers the additional incentive of a Labour general election campaign offering a new public vote – including a remain option.
Centrist remainers who genuinely prioritise stopping a no-deal Brexit and who want to remain in the EU should be cheering – and could even try to make political capital by claiming that their activities have brought this about.
Instead, with exceptions such as Dominic Grieve, they have rushed to the media to say they won’t support it ‘because Corbyn’.
Corbyn’s letter and timing have offered the country a real chance to avoid a no-deal exit – but he has also painted centrists into a corner where the vast majority of them are exposed as hypocrites. Now that they have a chance to have what they’ve been shouting for, suddenly the fact is exposed that it was always about blocking Corbyn, not about blocking Brexit.
LibDem leader Jo Swinson told cameras minutes ago:
I want to be very clear this morning. I’m determined to do whatever it takes to stop Brexit.
But, self-evidently and self-servingly, that is clearly untrue – as the rest of her speech put beyond doubt.
Tom Watson’s manoeuvring is also exposed. If he fails to get behind Corbyn now, his recent support for a new referendum – a u-turn from his track record – will be exposed for the undermining left-wingers have always considered it.
There has been a concerted centrist and media push to try to position Corbyn as to blame for the hard Brexit Boris Johnson is working toward – but that campaign is now also exposed and defunct.
Because if Johnson gets his Halloween Hard Brexit present because so-called ‘centrists’ fail to back Corbyn, it will be unmistakable whose fault it is.
Centrist egos and dishonesty have enabled hard-Brexiteers to move closer to their goal all along until now. If Corbyn is unable to stop them now, centrist egos and dishonesty – and their desperation to stop Corbyn – will be the reason.
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