I voted remain – so should I vote Lib Dem or Labour?

The countdown is on to the General Election 2017 and as Corbyn said in his first campaign speech on Thursday “It’s the people against the powerful.”

With the title of this article, I’m presuming many of you are a proud remoaner and you’re not about to let Cruella de May and her 329 Tory MPs shit all over the next five years of your hopes and dreams because quite frankly it was their fault Brexit happened in the first place.

They were quietly confident then, believing they would gain a majority of votes for remaining in the EU but are they as confident now for the upcoming election?

So it put’s in the question.. who are you going to vote for? Labour or Lib Dem?

If you really are against Brexit and want nothing more to do with it, then the Lib Dems want you. Minutes after Theresa May announced the early election, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron declared: “If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the single market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance. Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”

The Lib Dems have already proved they can turn a blue constituency yellow in the Richmond by-election, when Sarah Olney trounced the Tory princeling and Brexiteer Zac Goldsmith.

But can they do it on a national scale? The EU referendum may have given the Lib Dems a new lease of life, but, as their #LibDemFightback trope suggests, they’re best understood as a revanchist, and not insurgent, force. Much has been said about Brexit realigning our politics, but, for now at least, the party’s new normal is looking quite a lot like the old one.

If Labour did better than is sometimes remembered in 2015, it is struggling now. Labour may have a huge army of supporters, over 500,000 in fact. But it’s the MP’s that are the issue, most Labour MPs voted in favour of the Article 50 Bill, and shadow Chancellor John McDonnell once admitted the opposition party’s ability to shape a softer Brexit deal is based on “moral pressure”. It has shown itself ready to compromise on free movement.

On the other hand, Labour MPs who have been vocal Remainers are already annoyed about the “vote Lib Dem” brigade. After all, some of them have already made sacrifices on the altar of a soft Brexit. Jo Stevens, the Labour MP for Cardiff Central, resigned from the shadow cabinet over the Article 50 vote, as did Clive Lewis, until then tipped as an heir to Corbyn.

So what should the conscientious Remainer do? Well, the most practical way to steer the government away from a hard Brexit is to have an effective opposition. Even though Labour has ruled out a progressive alliance, the SNP, Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens and even some liberal Tories are collaborating to block the government’s most hardline measures. If you, like me, think the next Parliament will be dominated by the Leave-Remain debate, then a lot of those mini alliances will centre on Brexit.

But with recent political votes that led to the Presidency of Trump and Britain leaving the EU. Then who knows what could happen?

One thought on “I voted remain – so should I vote Lib Dem or Labour?

  1. Inciteful stuff and definitely a key current issue. I must admit to checking out the context of trope and revanchist and can report their usage was appropriate. I would also like to see a combined opposition seeking a soft Brexit but the immediate answer to the question is surely the Lib Dems who are, were and would like always being pro Remain. The thinking that the “Tories got us in to this mess” is fair but it is also the case that Corbyn failed spectacularly to promote Remain when it mattered. Oh and can we not devalue the argument by using the all encompassing but now meaningless word “shit”.


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