British people have changed their minds on Brexit, poll finds | The Independent

Top news story, per Twitter, is the Independent arguing that British people have changed their minds on Brexit, citing a new poll. It argues that the majority of Britons now want a second referendum on the UK quitting the European Union (EU).

Source: British people have changed their minds on Brexit, poll finds | The Independent

It claims that the research, commissioned by the Global Future think tank, found 60 per cent of Tory voters put migration curbs first compared to 27 per cent for trade.

But critically, Global Future chief executive Gurnek Bains said:

“The overwhelming majority of Labour voters want an open, outward-looking country which could mean staying in the single market like Norway and Switzerland already do from outside the EU. If political leaders insist on – or enable – an extreme form of Brexit that prioritises immigration controls by taking Britain out of the single market and the customs union, they risk being on the wrong side of the electorate.

Following the disaterous election, I fail to see how Theresa May’s government’s position on a hard Brexit is sustainable. May has a minority without the DUP. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and their radical left-wing supporters are stoking the flames of popular dissent. People see crisis after crisis and a meltdown with Brexit.

Meanwhile, for the right of the Conservative Party, a hard Brexit trumps everything. They don’t care about parliament or the people’s worries.

I have two predictions:

  1. If the Conservative Party replace Theresa May with Boris Johnson, there will need to be an election, which Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will win
  2. If the the Conservative Party insist on a hard Brexit, against the prevailing will of both the people and parliament, then the Conservatives will lose the next election to Labour

Thoughts?

2 responses

  1. Replacing May with Boris Johnson does not actually require a further General Election as was the case when May took over from the departed Cameron so the first of Dr Alf’s predictions does not have to come true.

    His second prediction is correct in that Labour would win a General Election against the Conservatives whatever form of BREXIT or fudge was on offer.

    A General Election is neither wanted or needed now but to win the next one Boris Johnson or whoever it is will have to deliver rising hope and prosperity,some difficult home truths to both bosses and workers,some measures to appease the young,systems building and measures to isolate abusive pensioners damaging the NHS.

    We will need facts on the ground in the form of an economy focussed on export led growth and we will need public services which are affordable.
    There will be a fudge on immigration and the Single Market and within 2 years we will be facing different events.

    The public except for a tiny number are not prepared to do certain types of work and are not qualified to do the highly skilled ,highly paid roles in banking and research that is required in computer software,nanotechnology ,biotechnology ,cybernetics etc.

    These roles have to be performed by people who come from countries with a serious predeliction towards pure and applied mathematics not from this one whose state education system is 44th in the world.

    This will have to be put to them in language they understand and in very short order after May is replaced.

    They will not like it but they will have to be told and given some examples of what it will mean if they fail to “get with the programme”.

    The festering train driver’s dispute and the London Underground are perfect examples in that all trains should be fully automated and all strikes in strategic public services should be outlawed,thus allowing the strikers and troublemakers to be fired en masse along with the bosses of TFL and Southern Rail who should have the franchise removed and not be paid another penny.

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