Corbyn crisis: ‘Labour Brexiteers will quit in their droves!’

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But Labour Brexiteer John Mann, below, warned voters will desert the party in droves and the Tories will now be given a clear run at the next general election. “There’s no indication whatsoever that voters in my area and very many other areas in the North and the Midlands, where there are Labour MPs, have changed their mind,” he said. “The one person who will be smiling at today’s announcement is Boris Johnson. I think it gives him quite a boost when he wins the Tory leadership.

Corbyn

Corbyn: For the few remoaners not the many leavers (Image: Getty)

Labour Brexiteer John Mann

Labour Brexiteer John Mann warned voters will desert the party in droves (Image: Nottingham Post)

“And I think it makes it slightly more likely that he’ll be tempted to call a Brexit election.

“Labour will lose the votes of those Labour voters who voted leave.”

Labour secured a better than expected result at the 2017 General Election after promising to respect the result of the EU referendum.

But Mr Corbyn has since come under pressure to give full support for a second vote from senior members of the shadow Cabinet.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, below, said on Sunday that trying to straddle the Leave and Remain camps had not worked and he wanted to campaign to stop Brexit.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell wants to stop Brexit (Image: Getty)

The Labour leader capitulated yesterday after trade union bosses came to an agreement about the next steps they would back.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, below, a key ally of the Labour leader, had previously resisted calls for a rerun poll. 

Mr Corbyn agreed to the shift at a meeting of the shadow cabinet at Westminster.

But he also managed to anger Remainers by continuing to fudge Labour’s position if there is a snap general election, leaving MPs in the dark about where the party would stand on Europe.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey had rejected a second vote (Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty )

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said last night that Labour was “now a Remain party” and accused it of Brexit “betrayal”.

Mr Corbyn has “shamelessly abandoned his principles” and “given in to the political pygmies” of Labour’s Remainer front bench, he said.

Mr Corbyn’s evasive position on Brexit saw it pushed into third place at the European elections in May.

He had previously promised to call a second referendum but had not made it clear in what circumstances, leaving voters baffled about his intentions. 

The Labour leader said yesterday said he would campaign for Remain “against either no deal” or a Tory deal “that does not protect the economy and jobs”.

He denied Leave supporters would now abandon the party, insisting it had met its manifesto commitment by voting to trigger the Article 50 process that takes Britain out of the EU but was now seeking “a consensus position”.

Mr Johnson and Tory leadership race underdog Jeremy Hunt have both vowed to get Britain out of the EU by October 31.

Jeremy Corbyn’s shameless betrayal is much worse than Theresa May’s, says NIGEL FARAGE

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has finally abandoned the pretence and come out as an anti-Brexit party.

He has not only demanded that the new Tory prime minister hold a second referendum on any deal on Brexit, but he has also signed Labour up in advance to campaign for Remain.

This new betrayal of Brexit is even worse than that carried out by Theresa May. At least we always knew she was a Remainer at heart.

Tony Benn

Corbyn has betrayed the legacy of his hero Tony Benn (Image: Getty)

But Corbyn, we were told, was a “man of principle” who learnt his left-wing Euro-scepticism at the knee of his Labour hero Tony Benn.

Now Corbyn has shamelessly abandoned his principles and given in to the political pygmies of Labour’s Remainer front bench.

They have broken every promise that they made to millions of Labour voters – most notably, the 2017 Labour manifesto commitment to “respect the referendum result”.

The party that claims to represent Leave-voting working-class areas like the North of England and South Wales will be met with more anger than they can possibly understand.

Labour has effectively announced that it cares more about the opinion of the new metropolitan middle classes than about its traditional base of support. Coming out as a party of a second referendum and Remain may slightly dent the rise of the Liberal Democrats, who have been making inroads among Remainers.

But it will not be enough on its own to restore confidence in Labour – or Corbyn’s leadership.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage: Corbyn, we were told, was a man of principle’ (Image: Getty)

Even though they have now become a Remain party, still Corbyn tries to use ambiguous phrasing and mixed messages to keep a foot in both camps.

The fact is, however, that he has lost Labour’s civil war over Brexit.

He knows that if he were to continue to advocate respecting the referendum result and leaving the EU, his leadership could be over.

Like many a Labour leader before him, it seems he is willing to do anything to hold on to his position and the chance of power.

• Nigel Farage MEP is the leader of the Brexit Party.

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