The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 18th January 2019

‘Awful backlash’ if Brexit deal fails


WITH parliament set to vote on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on Tuesday, things could get worse quickly for the country if the deal ultimately falls through, says Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT).

“There will be an awful backlash if Brexit isn’t carried out,” Hedley said. “People will feel that the democratic system is democratic in name only.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s showdown, Prime Minister Theresa May toured the country in an effort to drum up support for the parliamentary vote, which Hedley believes won’t go in May’s favour. In her efforts, May has stressed to those who’ve listened that if the Brexit deal splutters out it will cause massive setbacks to the British economy and politics.

As a last minute plea to her fellow members of parliament, May urged them on Monday to take a “second look” at her deal before the critical vote, stressing that members may be painted negatively in history books should they fail to deliver on the results of the referendum. Hedley said that once it’s time to vote, Conservatives will likely call for a ‘people’s vote’ so that UK citizens will be able to make the final call on the matter.

“I think that, looking back on it, that there’s a real possibility that we’ve been played for a year or so now since the Brexit vote was taken.

“I think what the conservatives are going to say is that parliament is paralysed, there’s no majority for anything, and they’re going to push a people’s vote.

“I think the people’s vote is going to be a second referendum, which I believe will come back with a slim majority to remain.” Recently, a group of anti-Brexit parliament members drafted legislation in a bid to pave the way for a referendum, according to Business Insider. The two bills would allow the Electoral Commission to prepare for the referendum by establishing the official campaign and, of course, the referendum itself.

“We have worked together on a cross-party — and no-party — basis to provide a pragmatic solution to the present impasse,” said Lord Lisvane, former Clerk of the House of Commons. Lord Lisvane was one of several experts consulted on the drafted bills. “Now that people know what the options are, it seems right to let them choose. This bill provides for that.”

As for May, holding a second referendum would be a “catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy,” she recently wrote in the Sunday Express. May won a non-confidence vote on Wednesday and the prime minister previously survived anothe from within her o