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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?

Let’s start with Corbyn’s position over the long term.

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.
Although this is speculation it’s easy to see why he would be.

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.
Whilst he has flip flopped around a 2nd Referendum throwing tons of caveats about it. And he’s long kept open the idea a Labour Government with a majority would deliver a jobs-first Brexit.

One suspects though the crisis continuing has been his ideal situation.

And here’s why:
Assuming his inner circle are not stupid they must know that Brexit is likely to hurt the least well off the most.

A “damaging Tory Brexit” is their wet dream. It delivers their ideological objective but the Conservatives take all the blame.
If course is Brexit is further delayed the Tories also look weak.

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.
The plan simply doesn’t work without pro-EU rebel Tories.

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?
The thing is for their supporters Corbyn is completely toxic.

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?
If the above is all logically correct then Corbyn’s offer is political manoeuvring - that’s the only thing it can be.

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.
The Lib Dems also stand to win a lot of Tory marginals in pro-EU areas. In these areas, Corbyn is deeply unpopular and that’s why Labour has no chance to take them. Corbyn knows this, @joswinson knows this. So she has to be very careful about potentially installing him in No 10.
@joswinson So here lies the political trap Labour have set for the Lib Dems.

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.
@joswinson All likely planned in advance - probably by Milne.

McDonnell came straight out and said anyone who didn’t back them would be to blame for a no deal Brexit.

And a quick scan through twitter shows the Corbyn outriders instantly attacking the @LibDems

@joswinson @LibDems And it looks like some pro-Remain journalists I normally respect have bought it hook line and sinker.

Party politics should be put aside to stop Brexit they say.

The problem is this is party politics from team Corbyn. They don’t expect this plan to work.
@joswinson @LibDems It is simply so they can have looked to try to stop Brexit, and try to blame the @LibDems for it failing, in an attempt to win back pro-EU voters, ironically by trying to blame the most pro-Remain party for Brexit.

Fortunately @joswinson looks like she has spotted the trap.
@joswinson @LibDems She has responded exactly right by saying she will talk to Corbyn, but pointing out exactly why his plan won’t work. And she won’t have to block it herself. @Anna_Soubry and wavering Tory rebels will do that anyway.

Public perception however is what this is all about.
@joswinson @LibDems @Anna_Soubry So are you pro-EU and dismayed that people don’t seem to want to take the apparent life line Corbyn is offering?

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
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