Corbyn wants to beat the Tories. The way to do that is to back a vote on the terms of May’s Brexit deal.
I understand Jeremy Corbyn’s unwillingness to seek nothing less than a general election. He wants his party to be in government and therefore keeps pushing May to resign. Unfortunately that won’t work. Ministers, Prime Ministers don’t resign just because you keep telling them too. Perhaps Jeremy Corbyn thinks that’s pressure; it’s not. Ministers and governments fall when there is a reason which is used by others to – public, press, other politicians – to create leverage.
What real world reason is there that could be used to apply such pressure to May right now? Obviously it’s Brexit and the governments failure in relation to it. But the government has been failing on Brexit for months (years!) and simply pointing this out hasn’t made May resign.
There needs to be a lightening rod to which these failures will be attracted. Only then will the general, grinding, background incompetence break through into the wider public consciousness. What is the lightning rod?
Is it the meaningful vote coming up in parliament? Yes, and no. May might put her plan before parliament and not have the votes to get it through. If she loses that’s a huge blow to her standing and SHE would likely resign. But the govt would not fall. Without an alternative (an opposition to the proposition) Labour won’t benefit from a Tory failure in parliament. May’s resignation could very easily just become another chapter of Tory infighting, in the form of a Conservative leadership election
This is especially true while the Labour front bench (and Corbyn in particular) are essentially advocating government policy. So what is the way out if this impasse? Simply, to propose an alternative and have opposition in parliament coalesce around it.
The alternatives to the government line on Brexit are few in number. It’s clear by now that no deal is as good as the one we have within the EU at present. Labour could and should advocate strongly for a #peoplesvote. What’s more it’s actually in their interest.
It is inconceivable that May, or the Tories generally, could lose a referendum on the terms and stay in government. A general election would surely follow and Labour, if campaigning for the Remain option, would collect the spoils, in the event of a victory (which I’m assuming)
So, to sum up: shortest route to government is backing a #peoplesvote. Easy.