- Labour party leaders are forced to consider a second referendum to push Brexit vote
- Labour and the Tories saw defeats in the recent European elections
- There are fears of a “Brexiteer extremist” succeeding Theresa May
The controversial results of the European elections were released recently and they showed an interesting pattern of the Brexit party taking on several victories while the two major parties in the UK, the Tories, and the Labour party, suffering embarrassing defeats. Following the announcement of the results, there has been a lot of analysis on what caused the shift in political trends, what it means for the future of Britain and how all parties involved should respond.
According to a May 27, 2019 report, several political leaders in Britain have responded to the results of the elections, with some maintaining their previous stances and some admitting that there is a need for change.
Tom Watson, the Labour Party deputy leader, has stated that hundreds of thousands of potential votes were lost by his party due to their Brexit stance. The lack of a clear stance on holding a referendum regarding any Brexit deal caused what he called an electoral catastrophe after they lost 14 percent of their share of the national vote. However, some compromise seems to be in the works as he has welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s statement that his party was ready to support a public vote on any possible deal.
Talk of another referendum has been in the air ever since the results of the initial one were released and the recent election showed that several parties that support another referendum are picking up support among the masses.
According to John McDowell, the shadow counselor and the political ally of Jeremy Corbyn, another referendum may be the only way to push for the Brexit deal in parliament which has seen 3 rejections so far. There is also the risk of what he calls a “Brexiteer extremist” taking office after the departure of current prime minister Theresa May and believes that calling another public vote might be the only way forward.
“Of course we want a general election, but realistically, after [the European election results] last night there aren’t many Tory MPs who’re going to vote for a general election,” he said.
Corbyn sent word to members of Parliament to inform them that the deadlock in parliament can only now be broken by going back to the British people through a general election or a public vote and it was ready to support a public vote on any current deal. With the October 31 deadline in view, he stated that Labour needs to consult its members through a special conference or a ballot in order to change its policy and find some headway.