JEREMY Corbyn is today under huge pressure to back a second referendum on Brexit – despite hating the EU for decades.
Even though the flip-flopping Labour boss urged his team to vote down the PM’s deal last night, he has no coherent plan for what he would do differently if he were in charge.
Today his utterly divided party will try and force him to back a second Brexit vote – even though he has no desire for one.
Up to 100 MPs are set to come out and demand he throws his weight behind another divisive referendum which would only prolong Britain’s chaos, David Lammy said this morning.
“He should follow the overwhelming feeling of the party and party members, which is to arrive in a place where we put this back to the British people in a people’s vote,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today.
“If he vacillates and sits on the fence, I’m afraid he is going to get splinters in places he doesn’t want.”
But the Labour boss has long been a eurosceptic – and has absolutely no idea what he wants from Brexit.
“When the Leader of the Opposition has nothing to say other than what he doesn’t like, that is a problem,” Commons boss Andrea Leadsom said today.
Labour’s policy has officially been to back staying in a customs union, and stick close to the EU – an another attempt to keep firmly on the fence for as long as possible.
Corbyn voted for Britain to leave the EEC back in 1975 and opposed other EU legislation like the Maastricht Treaty back in the 1990s and Lisbon Treaty in 2008 which gave extra powers to the bloc.
During the historic referendum campaign the Labour boss was accused of barely lifting a finger to help out the Remain campaign.
He went on holiday, refused to attend events with Tories and was told he wasn’t pro-EU enough in his speeches.
And to the utter delight of Leave campaigners, he even blasted George Osborne’s Project Fear projections as “hysterical hype” just weeks before the vote took place.
Just hours after the final result was in, he called for Article 50 to be triggered IMMEDIATELY – showing absolutely no desire to stay in the bloc for a minute longer that we had to.
And later he admitted it was not possible to stop Brexit, saying politicians needed to recognise the reasons why people voted to leave.
It’s no wonder he is consistently letting his Remainer supporters down and failing to call for another vote.
Yesterday the Labour boss made no reference to another Brexit referendum following Theresa May’s historic defeat in the Commons.
He would much rather have a general election and force their way into power than fight for their version of Brexit.
The Opposition will later table their motion of no confidence in Theresa May’s Government, in an attempt to bring her down and force another vote.
However, without the help of the DUP or some rebel Tories, it’s very unlikely to actually pass.
If they can’t get a general election, then Labour say they will keep “all options on the table”, including a public vote.
In reality, it’s a last resort, and frontbencher figures will continue to say they will fight for an election so they don’t have to risk tearing their party apart with another vote.
After the vote of confidence fails later as expected, the party will be under MORE pressure to change their position.
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The PM will face a no confidence vote. But the DUP have already vowed to back her in it.
So it’s pretty unlikely it will pass, leaving Labour red-faced yet again.
HOW LIKELY? 1/5
A cross-party group of MPs are frantically pushing an alternative Soft Brexit plan which could replace Mrs May’s deal.
It would be welcomed by big business – but Brexit voters would be unhappy because it would mean Britain accepting open borders, and following European rules without a say.
HOW LIKELY? 3/5
HARD AS NAILS
Most of the Tory Brexiteers who oppose the PM’s deal want her to return to Brussels and strike a tougher line.
But Eurocrats currently insist it’s impossible to re-open negotiations.
HOW LIKELY? 2/5
Dozens of MPs are hell-bent on forcing Mrs May to hold a second referendum so Britain can stay in the EU.
Yet without the support of the Government it’s unlikely the second vote could become a reality.
HOW LIKELY? 3/5
DEAL OR NO DEAL?
If Mrs May cannot pass a deal, the legal default is that we will leave the EU without a deal on March 29.
Despite the legal position, the majority of MPs insist they will take any measure necessary to rule out No Deal.
HOW LIKELY? 4/5
MAY TRIUMPHS – EVENTUALLY
Cabinet ministers remain adamant that a version of Theresa May’s plan will eventually pass the Commons, even after losing last night.
They believe sceptical MPs will lose their nerve as Brexit Day approaches – terrified of either No Deal or a second referendum.
HOW LIKELY? 3/5
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Other opposition parties including the SNP and Lib Dems are already backing another divisive vote, vowing to try and overturn the will of the people and force another vote.
Mr Corbyn wants to sit on the fence for as long as possible to keep Leave voters and Remainers happy – but after this week his MPs will make it clear he can’t pussyfoot around the issue forever.