THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 26th April 2019


Even More Revolting Tories

by New Worker correspondent

THE PRIME MINISTER is fighting off another Tory revolt as her attempts to reach an accord with Labour over Brexit stall over the details of Mrs May’s plan, which has been repeated rejected by Brexiteers on both sides of the House of Commons. Some Tory MPs want Mrs May to resign or face another move to oust her. And though current Tory rules prevent MPs from mounting a fresh challenge until December — 12 months after the last failed no confidence vote — the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers is looking at rule changes to allow a speedy new vote.

Mrs May lost what little authority she had when her Brexit plan was unveiled last year. Although the plan would end unrestricted European immigration and curtail the powers of the European court, it would essentially keep Britain in the European Union (EU) in all but name. It differs little from Labour’s call to remain in the ‘single market’ and a ‘customs union’ with the rest of the EU, which reflects the views of Labour Remainer MPs and powerful unions that have long swallowed the Brussels line. But others within Labour’s inner circle don’t want to bail Mrs May out. They believe that fresh elections are the only way to end the crisis — a view bolstered by the latest opinion poll, which puts Labour 10 points ahead the Tories.

A Downing Street official said that whilst the discussions with Labour were “serious”, they were proving “difficult” and that progress was needed “urgently” to enable Britain to leave the EU as soon as possible. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn blamed the Tories who, he said, were refusing to shift on its “red lines” because they think they can do a deal with Trump when he comes to London. “The government doesn’t appear to be shifting the red lines because they’ve got a big pressure in the Tory party that actually wants to turn this country into a deregulated, low-tax society which will do a deal with Trump. I don’t want to do that,” Corbyn said. “We’ll continue putting our case but quite honestly, there’s got to be change in the Government’s approach. They cannot keep on just regurgitating what has already been emphatically rejected three times by Parliament, there’s got to be a change,” Corbyn pointed out.

Brexit delays mean that Britain will almost inevitably have to hold elections for the European parliament in May. Whilst this charade will largely be ignored by British voters who have long seen through the sham Brussels parliament, those who do take part will use it as another forum for the seemingly endless Brexit debate.

Nigel Farage hopes that his new ‘Brexit Party’ will rise like a phoenix from the ruins of the now totally discredited UKIP bloc. He’s won at least one new fan in the shape of Ann Widdecombe, an old Tory icon who has come out of retirement to join the Farage clan. The newly formed ‘Change UK’ group — the parliamentary faction led by Blairites and Zionists who left Labour in February over Brexit — was buoyed by the recruitment of Rachel Johnson, the sister of the flamboyant former Tory foreign minister, who has joined the pro-EU faction because she doesn’t want Brexit to rub out “my children’s prospects and chances of living and travelling and working in Europe”. But two prominent members have resigned following rows over alleged sexist and racist comments.