Labour’s Brexit ambiguity is costing them in the polls

first_img Labour’s Brexit ambiguity is costing them in the polls Perhaps the most striking revelation, coming as it does on the back of a string of defeats and resignations that have rocked the government, is that the latest opinion poll grants the Tories a six point lead over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party.The Labour leader may have put this from his mind when he addressed his MPs last night and reiterated his position that their priority is to secure a general election so that people will “have the chance to vote for a government that can bring our people together and address the deep-seated issues facing our country.” Current polling suggests the public don’t share his enthusiasm. What can account for Labour’s slump in the polls?The government is barely holding itself together while many of Labour’s economic policies enjoy broad support. Why are they not 20 points ahead?A likely explanation is that the public can sense Labour’s deliberate ambiguity over Brexit as well as the divisions that exist between the leadership and Remain-supporting MPs. During broadcast interviews on Sunday Corbyn was all at sea, refusing to offer any clarity on whether he (and his party) support Brexit in any form or whether they would seek another referendum.He couldn’t even say what his Brexit position would be if he did succeed in triggering an election. Corbyn has said he will call for a vote of no confidence in the government “soon” after a Commons defeat for May, but if this plan falls and May continues as Prime Minister then the Labour leader will have no choice but to clarify his position on holding a second referendum and what his stance would be if such an event came to pass. The Prime Minister told MPs yesterday that their decisions over Brexit will be judged by history, but we don’t have to wait that long to get a sense of the voters’ verdict.Journalists travelling the country in recent days have noted a surprising amount of support for Theresa May. Whether driven by sympathy, admiration or just a sense that they want Brexit put to bed, the public at large appear to be far kinder to the PM than her own MPs. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home Christian May Until he gets off the fence, the public will rightly view his party with suspicion.center_img Share Monday 14 January 2019 8:37 pm whatsapp whatsapp Tags: Brexit Jeremy Corbyn People Theresa Maylast_img

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