Jeremy Corbyn has issued a vital warning. He is, it seems, the only leader speaking out about the terrifying truth if Boris Johnson pushes no-deal Brexit through.
On 27 August, Corbyn’s meeting with opposition leaders in an effort to stop Johnson’s no-deal. As Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson continues to try to sabotage the Labour leader, Corbyn pointed out the truth:
A no-deal Brexit is really a Trump-deal Brexit.
A no-deal Brexit is really a Trump-deal Brexit.
It will put us at the mercy of the big US corporations desperate to get their teeth into our NHS, sound the death knell for our steel industry and strip back our food standards and animal welfare protections.https://t.co/QvuS6c2NGj
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 27, 2019
Writing in the Independent, Corbyn also said he would “do everything” to stop a “no-deal bankers’ Brexit”. Because, he explained, Johnson’s plan:
would destroy people’s jobs, push up food prices in the shops and open our NHS to takeover by US private corporations.
We will do everything necessary to stop a disastrous no deal for which this government has no mandate. That’s why… I am hosting a meeting of opposition parties to discuss how we can stop Johnson’s reckless rush for a no-deal Brexit. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
Responding to “reports…. that the Tories are going out with their begging bowl to billionaire hedge funders to raise cash” for a general election, Corbyn also stressed:
Let no one be in any doubt what these super-rich donors will be paying for: the chaos and uncertainty caused by a no-deal Brexit is a potential goldmine for speculators betting against the pound.
But the payout for those elements of the super-rich that support no deal won’t just stop there. If we leave without a deal on 31 October, they will use the crisis to push through policies that benefit them and hurt everyone else – as they have since 2010.
Donald Trump and Johnson had nothing but praise for each other after meeting at the G7 summit. Trump openly said he’d “been waiting” for Johnson to become PM for “about six years”. And Trump wants trade deals to happen “quickly”:
#UPDATE President Trump backs Johnson to deliver Brexit for Britain, says "he needs no advice, he is the right man for the job," adds “very big” US-UK trade deal to happen “quickly” pic.twitter.com/fEgvWfCme7
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 25, 2019
But as Corbyn also stated:
The Trump-Johnson tie-up is a huge danger to our planet. With so little time to act to prevent a climate catastrophe, as the fires in the Amazon make so painfully clear, an alliance is developing between Trump, Johnson and Brazil’s Bolsonaro – three men who have all denied or belittled the climate emergency. And our prime minister is cosying up to Trump because a no-deal Brexit is really a Trump-deal Brexit.
And let’s not forget, Trump was the only leader who refused to attend a crucial meeting about the current climate crisis at the G7.
Yet, as some people pointed out, the establishment media seems intent on attacking Corbyn, and ignoring the dangers of the Trump / Johnson alliance:
This is the problem. We are now more concerned about the performance our politicians put on, and less concerned about what they are actually saying.
People like Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are in power because the media are obsessed with soundbites and viral clips. https://t.co/AnCF8RDNKr
— Harry McCann (@TheHarryMcC) August 27, 2019
So grandpa, you were a journalist when Trump & Johnson took power. What'd you do to stop them?
Well grandson…I gushed a lot. If you wanted access, you had to gush.
But…weren't you meant to challenge them?
Oh no…just cover them. We only 'challenged' left-wing politicians. pic.twitter.com/xfjXPHyvh6
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) August 27, 2019
Swinson’s latest letter to Corbyn proposed Ken Clarke and Harriet Harman leading the country. She claims Corbyn doesn’t have support for a no-confidence vote.
But all the UK’s opposition leaders need to stand up against this dangerous alliance. Those who refuse to back Corbyn hold responsibility for pushing Johnson’s no-deal “Trump-deal Brexit” closer to reality.
These truly are dangerous times. The only person speaking truth to power is Corbyn. So it’s vital his words reach above the noise.
Featured image via Fréa Lockley
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