For a couple of years I have suggested that MP’s should have a free vote to proceed with this Brexit process in the House of Commons. As we know, the referendum divided the country. MPs are there to make decisions on our behalf. There are many, many areas where the vote was 50:50. Constituents who disagree with their decisioncan vote them out next time, if they feel strongly enough.
The penny has just dropped that they are sort of now finally doing this.
There is a clear Remain majority in the House and I can’t see them voting for any form of Brexit. I think what is going to happen is that some wording will be invented which will essentially mean Brexit remains the Government’s intention but they are not doing it now cos it’s too hard, er, I mean not in the public interest. It will be revisited at a future General Election if the voters decide that the Brexit process iis something they want to continue.
The PM could have governed this process and have consolidated her position as a leader no matter what the result was. She was never going to bulldoze Brexit through. The PM’s approach has been an open goal for Labour. Actual, reasoned, powerful opposition would have been really effective over time. Corbyn should not show any respect for the referendum process or the result of it. It was a clumsy, oafish attempt to unite a hopelessly divided political party.
If he was an effective leader, the voters would have seen him, Starmer, Cooper, Thornberry as a credible alternative. As Nicola Sturgeon says, the PM has fallen on her sword and missed. Jeremy Corbyn has had the ball passed to him and the keeper is lying on the ground, mortally wounded. You don’t need a goal poacher’s instinct here – it’s a tap-in.
Amazingly. It’s still not too late for him.
So the fact that the parliamentary system seems to be protecting the UK from being hapless collateral damage victims of a spot of biffo between a few dozen over-confident, morally bankrupt cretins gives me hope.