A new poll on Brexit is out today, commissioned as ever by the Remainers. This one tells us, like many polls on Brexit are telling us at the moment, that Labour Leavers are switching to Remain in significant numbers. Given some Tories are all over the media talking up the idea that Brexit equals some sort of libertarian utopia that may take half a century to feel the benefits from, this isn’t all that surprising. Of course, what emerges from all of this that is particularly tiresome is the thought that Jeremy Corbyn is just waiting for public opinion to turn before showing his true Remainery colours.
“We need the Opposition to step up and give a real alternative to government’s Brexit deal, starting with a people’s vote with an option to stay, lead and thrive in Europe,” says Eloise Todd, CEO of Best for Britain. Yeah, except he’s life long Eurosceptic and pretending this isn’t the case may possibly lead to disappointment.
Meanwhile, the Eurosceptics in the Conservative party bash the Chequers deal this way and that – but never seem to have a really bad word to say about the prime minister, as if her Brexit plan and her premiership had absolutely no connection to one another. She is the best choice for prime minister, don’t get them wrong – she’s just completely wrong about Brexit, that’s all. And probably most other things, but let’s not delve into that at present. At least I have some sympathy with those projecting onto Corbyn – he’s there for the foreseeable future, so you have to work with what you have. The Tories can get another leader, fairly straightforwardly. Leavers within the party don’t like May because they feel that Chequers is a betrayal; Remainers don’t like May because she’s committed herself to far too many red lines and now can’t roll back into anything sensible. Yet there she remains.
British politics appears to be caught in a Mexican standoff. Everyone is scared to make a move lest it put them in an even worse position. But someone has to move sometime.
Until then, people on the left will continue to insist Corbyn goes to sleep every night with an EU flag draped around him, while people on the right will persist with the belief that Mrs May is the perfect prime minister, if only she wasn’t wrong about every single thing in the entire universe.