Something smelt off about this from the start. As someone who is pro-Remain a further apparent softening of Corbyn’s position and an indication he might actually do something to stop no deal should be welcome.
But is there more to it than that?
He pretty much went AWOL in 2016. None of the passion we saw when campaigning for his manifesto in 2017.
Labour has always been fundamentally pro-Remain, but the suspicion is Corbyn is ideologically a Brexiteer.
The EU is fundamentally pro-Free Market. Corbyn as a far left socialist obviously isn’t.
At best, he probably doesn’t care too much whether we leave or remain.
Certainly this theory fits the observations since.
One suspects though the crisis continuing has been his ideal situation.
And here’s why:
A “damaging Tory Brexit” is their wet dream. It delivers their ideological objective but the Conservatives take all the blame.
All good for Team Corbyn.
So why this apparent strategic shift. On the surface they might simply smell an opportunity to oust the Government.
However, again, if they are not stupid they must know it won’t work.
Regardless of what you think of the Conservatives it is a monumental as to get them to bring down their own government.
They will be branded traitors by their own party.
They might do it, but who do they anoint as PM?
Asking rebel Tories to hand him the keys to No 10 is simply a bridge too far.
So if Corbyn’s team know this, and I believe they do, why are they proposing a plan that they know is doomed to failure?
So what’s the idea?
Although they’ve pointed blame elsewhere, Labour have haemorrhaged support to the pro-EU Lib Dem’s in the last two elections, and the polls.
They know they are losing pro-Remain voters to them in droves.
So they offer to help stop Brexit with a plan they know themselves won’t work, but they can lay the blame at the door of the Lib Dems for failing.
Think again. This might not be a life line that’s ever intended to work, it’s bait on a hook.
The purpose is not to stop Brexit but wrong foot the @LibDems