Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Corbyn’

Theresa May must form a one-issue coalition to resolve this Brexit mess | Simon Jenkins

The Tories never forgave Robert Peel for seeking opposition support in 1846, but the episode provides a lesson for this prime minister

Of all human reflexes, jingoism is the most dangerous. It was evident in the hysteria of Tuesday’s Commons vote on Theresa May’s deal. Neither MPs nor the crowds outside had any alternative to offer, so they just shouted: “How does Brussels dare?” We have been in this mess before: I can just remember Suez. My father, who opposed the intervention and hated Anthony Eden, still became emotional when listening to Land of Hope and Glory at the Proms that summer of 1956. As if bitten by some wartime patriotic bug, he shouted: “How can Nasser dare?” At school we were being fed Nazi war stories almost daily. We were thrilled to be fighting dastardly foreigners again.

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Brexiters optimistic that May will stand firm on customs union

Meetings held at Downing Street on Thursday to find way to break Brexit impasse

Brexiter Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist party emerged upbeat from their meetings with Theresa May in Downing Street, convinced that the prime minister was not intending to soften her position to try to attract Labour votes.

Those who met with the prime minister on Thursday said that she gave little away but that she indicated she wanted the UK to be able to strike its own trade deals after Brexit, meaning that she was not going to soften her stance on leaving the customs union.

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Corbyn could face string of resignations if he backs ‘people’s vote’

A number of Labour frontbenchers say they would consider their positions if leader backed idea

Jeremy Corbyn could face up to a dozen resignations from the Labour frontbench if the party backs a second referendum as a way out of the Brexit crisis.

A string of junior shadow ministers have told the Guardian they are strongly opposed to the idea of a second referendum, which they fear would expose Labour to a vicious backlash in leave-voting constituencies.

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Steve Bell on a PM who is sticking to her principles despite defeat – cartoon

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Are Tory remainers pondering a conscious uncoupling from the party?

As May celebrated survival, a handful of her MPs launched their own second referendum self-help group

The fightback starts here. Maybe. That could be putting it a bit strongly. On the morning after Theresa May had celebrated surviving a no confidence vote by declaring her new Brexit plan would be pretty much the same as the one that had been defeated by 230 votes on Tuesday, a handful of Tory MPs gathered in the basement room of a central London hotel to launch their own self-help group.

“My name’s Philip and I’m in favour of a second referendum,” said Philip Lee. There. He’d come out and said it. Already he felt so much better about himself. He’d taken the first step by admitting his powerlessness over the Conservative party. And he knew he wasn’t alone. There were 4 million like-minded Tory voters out there who were fed up with being lied to, who recognised the prime minister’s deal was dead and wanted to take back control of their lives by having another say on leaving the EU.

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Theresa May’s survival is just a Tory confidence trick | Gary Younge

Conservative MPs sustain her not because she will deliver a good Brexit, but because she can keep Labour out of power

Back in 2017, when “strong and stable” was still a campaign slogan and not a laugh line, I sat in on a focus group of undecided voters in Harrow – home to two marginal seats in north-west London. Even then they didn’t like Theresa May much. Assuming she would be an effective negotiator, they appreciated her steeliness – the word “strong” came up twice, as did “Thatcher” and “clever”. But overall they found her unreliable and unrelatable. They described her, among other things, as a “liar”, “headmistress”, “busybody”, “uncaring” and “untrustworthy”.

Comparing her to Jeremy Corbyn, one said: “He’d buy a round, Theresa wouldn’t.” When asked if they would trust her to look after their home while they were on holiday, the consensus was: “The house, yes. But not the pets.” This is Britain. If she can’t be trusted to get a round in or look after pets, I doubt May would have passed one of her own Home Office “British values” tests.

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On Saturday the UK turns remain. Parliament must force a second referendum | Polly Toynbee

May needs to ditch her intransigent red lines as a population shift means young remainers have replaced older leave voters

You could call it swing Saturday or crossover day, for this Saturday, 19 January, marks an important moment. This is the day, in theory, when the country turns remain. Even if not a single person has changed their mind since the referendum, the demographic shift alone will have done the heavy lifting. Enough old leavers will have died and enough young remainers will have come on to the electoral register to turn the dial on what the country thinks about Brexit.

The psephologist and founding YouGov president, Peter Kellner, calculates that the leave vote has been declining by about 1,350 a day, taking into account the differential turnout: the young turn out to vote much less often than the old. By using exactly the same proportion of every age group turning out to vote exactly as they did in 2016, demographics alone will have transformed the UK into a remainer nation.

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