Even the Labour right is scoffing at the Lib Dems after Corbyn plays a political masterstroke

Wes Streeting, Jo Swinson, Jeremy Corbyn
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Even Labour right-wingers are scoffing at the Lib Dems after Jeremy Corbyn pushed the party into a corner on preventing a no-deal Brexit. It looks like the cross-party centrists are split.

Corbyn’s plan

The Labour leader issued a plan to stop a no-deal Brexit. In the letter, Corbyn says that MPs should support a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson, and then vote confidence in a temporary Labour government with the sole purpose of stopping a no-deal Brexit. The new minority Labour government would then extend the Brexit process to create time for a general election.

Lib Dems exposed

The thing is, Lib Dem leader thecanary.co/topics/Jo-Swinson/ rejected the plan on the spot, saying:

We are facing a national crisis, we may need an emergency government to resolve it.

But if Jeremy Corbyn truly wants that to succeed, surely even he can see that he cannot lead it.

There is no way he can unite rebel Conservatives and independents to stop Boris Johnson.

Given that Corbyn is the twice-elected leader of the opposition, however, Swinson’s response implied to many that she isn’t serious about stopping a no-deal Brexit. And even Labour right-wingers like Wes Streeting were unimpressed:

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Tory Remainer rebels like Guto Bebb also called for the Lib Dems to rethink. He said:

I think there are other alternatives that are open to us, but I do think that those who have said that they will do anything necessary to stop the long term damage of a no-deal exit must take seriously this type of offer

MPs Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin, and Caroline Spelman, and former Conservative Nick Boles, have all said they would meet Corbyn to discuss the plan.

Green MP Caroline Lucas and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, meanwhile, joined calls for Swinson to change her mind:

With potential support from the SNP, Plaid Cymru, and the Greens, Corbyn already has 287 votes to bring down Johnson. 322 is the threshold, meaning he needs another 37 votes.

Fib Dems?

The thing is, the Lib Dems appear to be proving yet again that they aren’t serious about stopping no-deal.

In March, parliament conducted indicative votes to try and find a way forward on the Brexit deadlock. Short of outright revoking Article 50, Corbyn’s Labour supported all the compromise motions to either soften or have a confirmatory vote on Brexit.

The proposition for a customs union compromise lost by just three votes. Other than Norman Lamb MP, the Lib Dems, Change UK, and the SNP all either abstained or voted against it.

“Willing to prop up the Tories”

The Lib Dems faced dismay and ridicule on social media:

It looks like the Lib Dems were only hard-lining for Remain for their own electoral gain, to undermine Corbyn, and to mask their own lack of vision for society. With Britain facing a Johnson-managed no-deal Brexit, now isn’t the time for such party politicking. We need a general election to sort out Brexit along with the other major issues, like the oncoming climate catastrophe and austerity. With the stakes so high, the Lib Dems are behaving like shameful chancers. They need to cut it out.

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    1. Fuss over statements by Lib/Dem spokesmen, seemingly self-appointed, must not distract from the objective: to prevent the egregious Johnson playing ducks and drakes with parliamentary procedure and long standing conventions. Opposing Johnson’s presumption and arrogance regarding the matter of ‘no-deal’ Brexit ought be the priority for people caring about the UK’s political stability. It is no longer a matter of ‘Brexit’ versus ‘Remain’ but one of constitutional propriety. Even should it be established, which it has not, that a substantial majority of people favour chaotic exit from the EU, there is no urgency about when.

      Options include rescinding Article 50 and starting the Brexit process from scratch or persuading the EU of it being in everyone’s interests to push back the final decision date by six months or a year.

      Mr Corbyn has made a sensible suggestion for averting constitutional crisis and thereby reducing risk of civil mayhem. Despite favouring Mr Corbyn as leader of an interim ‘one issue’ government I view fine detail of how common cause is achieved a matter best handled pragmatically. I really don’t care whether Beelzebub is ‘elevated’ to the Lords and called upon to be interim prime minister so long as the one, simple to articulate, aim is achieved.

      Sinn Féin MPs ought consider setting aside objections to taking their seats in the Commons: all they are required to do is make an empty promise.

      MPs objecting to Johnson’s high handed approach to Brexit must set aside matters of pride, ‘face’, and irrelevant (to this matter) principle, to unite and eject Johnson and his cabinet from office.

    2. I don’t like the tone of this article and If your editorial line is going to become more hostile towards the Lib Dems, I shall stop my subscription. I have seen the letter that Jo Swinson has sent to JC. If he does have the necessary support from the Conservative MPs then I shall be happy to see him as caretaker PM to stop Brexit. I just hope that Labour can get their own MPs, like Gareth Snell. Ruth Smeath and Kinnock jnr into line.

      1. That’s OK Mike it’s your choice but TBH I don’t think they are too worried about one Libdem cancelling his subs , esp with the latest increase in their paying readership.
        Don’t the Fibdems have their own online publication , mind you they couldn’t ever get IMPRESS approval , just too many lies .
        Try getting your own Leader in Line with your Partys policy to stop Brexit , this is their chance and she’s spaffing it up the wall.

        PS this is a publication for Socialists with Socialist views , something the Libdems are not

    3. I have also read Jo Swinson’s letter to Jeremy Corbyn but it would seem that the author of this article has not. I have enjoyed reading the Canary for a number of years but this article has made me doubt its standards of journalism and whether I can trust what is reported.

    4. Just a reminder to those commenting above about the integrity and honesty of The Canary , it is regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the press, and adhere to their Standards Code (pdf).
      Thus you can rest assured that the content is 100% accurate and certainly more honest that you ever find in any of the MSM and certainly more honest than ANY LIBDEM Leader !!

    5. Is she frightened that Corbyn will de-commission Trident in the 14 days he would be PM? Or is it the thought of working with the head of an institutionalised anti-semitic party that’s putting her off?…either wya Bojois loving it.

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