They're not alternative but part of the best solution
Many of the critics of Labour’s Brexit position are presenting a false choice between either supporting May’s Brexit deal or supporting a second referendum.
These are presented as two alternatives – accept Brexit or go full Remain. In fact though, the most realistic way of getting a second referendum is to make having one a condition of supporting Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Theresa May is in grave danger of losing her job because she is seen by her own party members and MPs as having failed to deliver Brexit.
In these circumstances, there is no way she is going to willingly back a Peoples’ Vote. She has been very clear on this.
There is also no way Parliament will just vote for a second referendum – as the Peoples Vote campaign knows.
Labour and the various Remainer parties just don’t have the numbers to win that vote in parliament. Any Tory Remainer rebels will be cancelled out by Labour rebels.
So Labour needs to offer something to those Tory MPs who are not minded to vote for a second referendum.
To win Theresa May and her loyalists over, Labour should offer the chance to get May’s Brexit deal passed.
May’s Brexit deal can’t pass unless it’s linked to a public vote. A public vote can’t happen unless it’s linked to May’s Brexit deal.
They aren’t two alternatives. They are the best solution to the Brexit impasse.
Joe Lo is a freelance journalist and a reporter for Left Foot Forward
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