Jeremy Corbyn has ended Labour’s opposition to a general election in December after receiving confirmation that a “no deal” Brexit is well and truly out of the question until at least January 31.
The Labour leader said he had received the European Union’s confirmation that the UK’s membership of the EU has been extended up to January 31.
In a statement, he said: “We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.”
The precise date of the poll has yet to be agreed at the time of writing.
Mainstream media Tories are saying this will be letting Boris Johnson have his way; it isn’t.
Mr Johnson wanted to dictate the UK’s departure from the European Union at the end of October – preferably without a withdrawal agreement, so he could end any human rights and workers’ rights that his backers find inconvenient, end environmental protections for the same reason, and turn the UK into a tax haven on the edge of mainland Europe.
In short, Mr Johnson wants to turn this “green and pleasant land” into a slag heap.
He did not want an election – especially after failing to leave the EU on October 31, “do or die”. He said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than fail to leave on that date, and fellow Conservatives have made it clear that they believe their party’s electoral chances will be dead in a ditch with him, after such a failure.
And it is merely his last in a series of failures.
They are correct, in This Writer’s opinion.
The Conservative Party is riven with arguments over what kind of Brexit should happen and whether it should happen at all. Two successive Tory governments – under Theresa May and Boris Johnson – have failed to deliver it to the nation.
Boris Johnson’s only success as prime minister will be calling an election that will give the people a chance to get rid of him.
The opportunity for the Labour Party is enormous.
It should be widely-known that Labour’s policy position has the support of a huge majority of UK voters.
This may be one reason other parties have concentrated on attempts to blacken the Labour leader’s name. But these accusations against Jeremy Corbyn are likely to face away in an election period as laws on impartial reporting clamp down on them.
While the other parties may continue to focus on Brexit, Labour has a chance to demonstrate how the Tories’ handling of the issue – along with its paralysis over all others – has already harmed our prosperity.
Labour will have a platform to show how its policies will restore that prosperity, and how its approach to Brexit will take account of the needs of the vast majority of the population, rather than just 52 per cent of those who voted in the EU referendum.
Bring it on.
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