At times, it’s hard not to feel sorry for die-hard Remainers. The latest straw they’ve been clutching at – paper straw, mind you, not plastic – has just been wrenched from their grasp by John McDonnell, scrumpled up into a little ball and then tossed, nonchalantly, into his mouth like a peanut.
At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival yesterday, the Shadow Chancellor told Iain Dale that Labour “wouldn’t enter into coalitions or pacts” if the Government is brought down by a vote of no confidence when Parliament returns in September. In those circumstances, his Party’s priority would be to establish a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn. And if that proves impossible – as it surely would – the only alternative would be a General Election.
So that puts the kybosh on a “Government of National Unity”, which Remainers have been pinning their hopes on. Without the backing of the Labour leadership, there’s simply no way an anti-Brexit coalition could win a vote of confidence in the House of Commons. It is now crystal clear that if Boris’s Government is brought down in September that will mean a General Election – and one that he will almost certainly win, given the disarray among his opponents.(To read more, click here.)