The new Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, agreed this week to hold talks with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn on trying to halt a no deal Brexit. Appearing on Thursday’s BBC Newsnight, The Atlantic Magazine’s Helen Lewis suggested the two leaders were gearing up to fight over who took the blame in the event of no deal. She said: “It’s a real dilemma for Jo Swinson.
“She and Jeremy Corbyn are fishing in the same pool of voters.
She added: “What you’re seeing already is them starting a sort of contest over who gets the blame for no deal.
“What that tells us in the Commons is that everybody thinks that us quite likely outcome.”
Ms Swinson came under intense pressure from fellow Remainer MPs to meet with Mr Corbyn.
In a letter written by Ms Swinson, she said: “In this moment of national emergency, I stand ready to work with anyone to stop Boris Johnson and his hard-line Brexit government if it is brought before the House of Commons.
“What matters right now is a plan that works and will stop a no deal Brexit.”
This contrasted Ms Swinson’s recent snubbing of Mr Corbyn.
She accused the Labour leader of letting ministers “off the hook” over Brexit.
Adding to this she also claimed she did not trust Mr Corbyn to prevent a no deal Brexit.
In her first speech as party leader Ms Swinson claimed Mr Corbyn was not the person to lead an emergency government.
Ms Lewis added: “Half a dozen people walked out of the Labour party, half the reason because they didn’t want to campaign to put Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10.
“It would be quite something for them to tun round and say actually we’ve thought about it and let’s do this.”
Published at Fri, 16 Aug 2019 04:18:00 +0000