The Labour Party is in danger of repeating the mistake of the Lib Dems. When the Lib Dem Party in alliance with the Tories after the 2010 General Election broke its pledge not to raise tuition fees, it led to electoral decimation, collapsing from 57 to 8 MPs in the House of Commons in the 2015 General Election.
At its annual conference today, Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has intimated that Labour is reneging on its support for the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.
The BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith reported on BBC News at One that it has become much clearer that 1. Labour will almost certainly vote against any deal Theresa May reaches over Brexit; 2. if so, Labour would campaign for another referendum and 3. on the Ballot Paper would be the option to remain in the EU. This high risk policy increases the possibility of a No Deal Brexit.
Keir Starmer’s six tests against which Labour will measure Theresa May’s Brexit deal are vague and set up for failure, so that Britain will exit the EU in Mar 2019 without a Deal, thanks to the Labour Party.
However, Labour’s new position also reneges on the Brexit Referendum. Not only does Labour policy move in the direction of a No Deal Brexit, which will be held against them at the next General Election, but also their breaking faith with the British electorate may follow the footsteps of the Lib Dems.
The shadow Brexit secretary said all options should be kept on the table, including a so-called People’s Vote, “campaigning for a public vote and nobody is ruling out Remain as an option”. “This is not about frustrating the process. It is about stopping a destructive Tory Brexit”. There is, of course, no Tory Brexit – only Brexit. This is similar rhetoric to the SNP who label things that they do not like with the adjective Tory or Westminster. Each has been following the lead given by Gerry Adams who always spoke of ‘the British Government’ because he could never call it ‘the Government’ which implied a recognition of it as his Government, which he denied.
BRINO ‘Brexit in Name Only’ is now being challenged by BIRL ‘Brexit in Reversing Labour’ – a birl means spinning. Labour is in a spin. The rest of us should keep calm with clear thinking.