Opinion – Can Brexit be stopped? The answer is in our hands | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a provocotive op-ed article by Jonathan Freedland, published in the Guardian. He argues that one year on, the certainties of the ‘leave case’ are collapsing. Importantly, he concludes that we’re no longer shackled to that verdict.

Source: Can Brexit be stopped? The answer is in our hands | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

Since the election, Hard Brexit seems to be doomed, and the UK parliament will correctly play a pivotal role. Whilst, most agree that a Soft Brexit now looks most likely, it’s a small jump to say that, ‘No Brexit is infinitely better than a Soft Brexit.

So what’s stopping a complete reversal?

Well, firstly, the right-wing of the Conservative Party have been deeply wounded by May’s election defeat. They’re keeping her in office for now, rather than risking a replacement, which would precipitate an early election and loss of government to Corbyn’s Labour or a left-wing coalition.

But the real villains are on the Far-Left not the Far Right. Confused? Well, Corbyn’s Labour Party is supporting Theresa May‘s call for a Hard-Brexit. But we need to peel the onion further. The Economist reminded us that Jeremy Corbyn is lukewarm towards Brexit and is more concerned with ‘domestic revolution’ in the UK.

Let’s face it, the Labour Party has been hijacked by Far Left radicals for whom revolution is more important than democracy.  But the Conservative Party has been taken hostage by hedge-fund managers and foreign newspaper owners. So we have a stand-off between the Far Left and the Far Right, neither of whom are interested in democracy or what’s best for the majority of citizens in the UK.

Surely, it’s time to write to your MP and demand debate in parliament to protect democracy and reverse Brexit?



Corbyn win shakes up U.K. Labour as Blair’s shadow fades | The Japan Times

The Japan Times features an excellent AFP article  reporting that anti-austerity left-winger Jeremy Corbyn’s crushing win to become leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party could divide their MPs but give a boost to its grass-roots power.

Source: Corbyn win shakes up U.K. Labour as Blair’s shadow fades | The Japan Times

This is a balanced and insightful article. For me the significant comment was from former Blairite, Labour Minister, Margaret Beckett, which alluded to Corbyn’s long record of protest politics.

Even as the leader of the opposition, Corbyn will need to rise above protest politics, demonstrate leadership, strategic vision and cohesive and credible policy.

I’m not convinced that people power will prevail nor that the UK is ready to give power to the hard-left, like in Greece, for example.