The next General Election will be the Second Brexit Referendum. Forget any other policies the majority of voters will be voting either to stop Brexit or to try and get Brexit finished. Forces are now lining up either side of the Brexit debate and Remainers are as likely to try to put in place a Government to stop Brexit as are the Leavers preparing to put in place a government that will get on with Brexit without delay or obstruction. At the moment it will be a fight out between 3 parties who are offering a clear message on what they intend to do regarding Brexit. This next imminent General Election is really going to be a fight over who wins the Brexit argument for good. The Liberal Democrats have already geared up for this and are seemingly being the Party of Remain whilst the Tories and Brexit Party are likely to have a split vote amongst the Leave Supporters.. The Labour Party it would appear do not want to get their gloves on and participate in the fight other than being an ‘on the fence’ bystander.
Jeremy Corbyn could become the victim of his own idealism because he may be envisaging a process that will not actually happen because of voters impatience regarding the Brexit question
The Labour Party might be missing an opportunity here by not aligning into one camp or the other but instead they will offer further referendums on the matter if they gain power. This is Jeremy Corbyn’s idealistic view on the matter but in reality it might not even get that far with potential to fall at the first hurdle, which is actually getting through the next General election and getting into government. Corbyn could become the victim of his own idealism because he is envisaging a process that may not even take place in the way that he sees or wants it to happen. It is likely that voters will look for shortcuts to resolve the Brexit question or offer support to either a ‘Remain’ or a ‘Leave’ supporting Party that can speed up the process towards resolution. Since the Labour Party has not declared it’s intentions to pursue either a ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ strategy it is unlikely to attract votes or get the support it needs to progress it’s plans. Corbyn believes that Labour can get into government in the next election and after that offer a second referendum but in my opinion this is doubtful. The reality may be that this next General Election may actually be the Second Brexit Referendum in itself. There is a strong likelihood that it will be. Labour could therefore find themselves left out in the cold by voters who are rushing to have their say on Brexit by choosing another Party that has a stronger and more immediate message about what they intend to do regarding the Brexit question, right now at this next general election and not at some idealistic point in the future.
The public are impatient and want their say on Brexit right now. They will use the next General Election to do this
The public seems to have lost appetite for any sort of referendums because of the confusion they can potentially cause. They have also lost patience in the seemingly endless rounds of voting and debate that has occurred in parliament. This is why they might see a General Election as a fight to the death on the matter and an opportunity to bring the matter to a swifter end than Labour Party envisages. In my opinion the Labour Party should catch up with public opinion on the matter before they loose out totally. As we saw in EU elections Party allegiances can mean nothing when it comes to matters of protecting Britain from a disastrous no deal departure. Many voters will put the interests of the Country before party loyalties and other considerations such as policies, such is the importance placed on the Brexit question. Labour cannot rely on party loyalties alone to convince the voters that it is taking the right stance. The same is conversely true from the leavers perspective whereby the Tories equally cannot count on previous loyalties alone to get them re-elected. Many people will vote with conscience rather than allegiance in the next General Election. The Tories at least for the moment seem to know on which side of the argument they stand, the Lib Dems as well, but Labour’s message is still vague and non-committal offering more of the same to voters and a lengthier process to boot until the matter becomes finally resolvable. The Labour Party may be offering more options of choice than any other party present but you can get baffled by an array of choice. The general public seem to want a quick fix to these matters and that is what they will be looking for in the next General Election. The Public now sees the Brexit matter as Black or White ( Leave or Remain) and that unfortunately is how they will react to whats on offer and that’s how they will vote. It is human nature to seek to resolve matters quickly and the public will use a general election as an opportunity to resolve this Brexit dilemma quickly and once and for all. What we will see is a mirror image of what happened in the last EU election. It is going to be almost a single issue Election with each side of the Brexit argument wanting to get their own way. Under these circumstances it is unlikely that Jeremy Corbyn and Labour will be able to sell their proposals to the general public because there is simply no appetite for what they may consider to be another long drawn out process.