A poll for a poll
There was a huge response to my Brexit poll in the newsletter two weeks ago, over 10,000 people having a say. Seventy-eight per cent said they wanted No Brexit at all, 15% want a confirmatory ballot on any deal, 6% want No Deal, 2% favour the Norway option, and Theresa May's deal received 25 votes, which rounds down to 0%!
I appreciate that the sample isn't exactly scientific (and yes, the statistical rounding takes the figure to 101%) but as a pointer to thinking on the left it strongly backs the case I made in last weekend's Observer for Labour to come off the fence and commit to a confirmatory referendum in our manifesto for the EU elections on May 23.
In case you missed it, here's a snippet:
"We cannot just sit back and allow Nigel Farage to prosper with a backward-looking brand of politics that offers no solutions. Instead, we must offer a radical alternative based on our values, which speaks directly to the people we represent and demonstrates Labour has a way forward out of this crisis.
Labour won’t defeat Farage by being mealy-mouthed and sounding as if we half agree with him. We won’t beat him unless we can inspire the millions crying out for a different direction. We won’t win if we sit on the fence about the most crucial issue that has faced our country for a generation
The very least that Leavers and Remainers deserve is a final say – a confirmatory referendum – on any deal. They deserve a Labour party that offers clarity on this issue, as well as the radical vision for a new political economy achieved by working with our socialist allies inside the EU. And, above all, they deserve better than Nigel Farage’s promise of a far-right Brexit that would solve nothing."