POLLS: Are Labour rebels right to divide their party by demanding it support Remaining in the EU?

Consider this, from The Guardian:

Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists last night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference.

Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer and Clive Lewis, the shadow foreign secretary, Brexit secretary and Treasury minister, publicly [defied] Corbyn by backing Remain.

Corbyn had tabled a statement to the NEC saying that, while the party backed a referendum and would offer the options of a credible Brexit deal or Remain to voters, a decision on how it would campaign in a second public vote would be left until after a general election.

Pro-Remain activists and senior party figures who have campaigned for months to shift policy were outraged. They saw the move as an attempt to kill off debate and block a conference vote on their own pro-Remain motion.

Assuming that the Guardian article is accurate, then the new confusion over Brexit created by Ms Thornberry, Mr Lewis and Sir Keir Starmer has plunged Labour further behind the Conservatives in the polls.

So I have two questions for you:

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Source: Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos | Politics | The Guardian

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6 thoughts on “POLLS: Are Labour rebels right to divide their party by demanding it support Remaining in the EU?

  1. stevedavidh

    It seems more than a little perverse to describe MPs who are projecting the views of the vast majority of the membership as ‘Rebels’.

  2. Fibro confused

    It’s time it was left to this countries population to make the final choice with no interference from any politicians, great flaming job they’ve made so far NOT, facts what will the deal be to leave, to remain the current set up has to change. Personally I sure as hell don’t need any MP to say back this or that, just work towards getting the best outcomes possible for the two scenarios

  3. trev

    There are lots of Working Class people that I speak to, many of them unemployed, people who ought to vote Labour, but who are vehemently pro-Leave. I have to add that many of them are not well educated or very bright and most are quite xenophobic if not outright racist. They are gullible people who have been taken in and misled by the likes of Farage.

      1. trev

        I try but they don’t listen, they just say things like “none of them know what they’re doing”, “we voted to leave”, “we don’t need a deal, just get out” etc. It’s very disheartening when trying to talk sense to people at Back-to-Work courses or stood outside the jobcentre, the very ones who should be voting Labour. One young man actually thought Boris would be good for the unemployed! Another older man (he’s 65 and been referred to the Right Steps to Work course!) was busy telling everyone to support Farage.

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