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Labour has committed ultimate Brexit betrayal says Nick Ferrari

AFTER just over three years, Labour finally has a Brexit policy – but it’s the ultimate betrayal of the party’s working-class roots.

Under pressure from front-benchers and a raft of union bosses, Jeremy Corbyn issued the decree in a letter to members. 

He said the party would campaign for Remain “against either No Deal or a Tory deal.” 

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Before delving into how treacherous this move is, consider this – Labour is ready to say it will campaign against a deal that has not even been done and therefore, obviously, it has not even seen. 

Its opposition is solely because it will have been brokered by a Conservative government. 

Puerile, petty, pathetic…take your pick. 

To gauge the scale of this sell-out, remember the roots of the Labour party. Hailed “a new party for a new century,” socialist groups, trade unions and campaigners came together in 1900 with one goal – to give a voice in Parliament to the working classes. 

The so-called “class divide” rapidly followed. The bosses and middle classes voted Conservative, while the workers and working class were fervent Labour supporters. 

Much of the aristocracy and upper classes were Conservatives, but if you were really wealthy you could become a champagne Socialist. 

This stalemate in the game of political chess lasted for decades until Tony Blair and his team masterfully re-calibrated the party’s offering in the 1990s. But Blair’s deft move is proving its undoing. 

Under Blair, New Labour espoused the core beliefs of the Fair Trade coffee-drinking Islington set. 

However, it is worth reminding all those Remain-loving Labour MPs and their supporters that at the last General Election in 2017, the party published a manifesto promising to “respect the referendum result.” 

Some respect! 

In permitting this U-turn, Corbyn has allowed Labour to deliver the biggest snub imaginable to its core voters in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales – in constituencies where you used to weigh the Labour vote, not count it. 

It is estimated more than four million of the seven million who voted Labour in 2017 had backed Brexit a year earlier. Just as tellingly, around 60% of all Labour seats had Leave majorities. 

The showing of Nigel Farage’s punchy Brexit Party in the European elections should have served as another warning, as they picked up victories in traditional Labour heartlands such as Redcar, Hartlepool and Bolsover. Yet Corbyn has allowed himself to be bounced into backing Remain. 

Labour is slowly becoming little more than a north London chattering class dining club. 

It has gone from championing the cause of the working classes, to bowing to Brussels’ bullying. 

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