Win for Farage means vic­tory for Cor­byn

Daily Mail - - Comment -

Leavers to the right of her, re­main­ers to the left of her, into the euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions rides Theresa May.

Cur­rent polling sug­gests that the Con­ser­va­tive Party as a whole is likely to fare rather less well than the Light Brigade. With sup­port un­der half that en­joyed by the Brexit Party, the Tories are vy­ing for third place in Thurs­day’s vote.

at their head sits a Prime Min­is­ter bat­tered be­yond en­durance, cling­ing to the sad­dle as im­pa­tient lieu­tenants bid for her com­mand. Nigel Farage ap­pears the likely winner of this zombie elec­tion battle – one never wanted by Mrs May – but his will be a pyrrhic vic­tory.

The great dis­rup­tor of Bri­tish pol­i­tics has noth­ing to of­fer ex­cept protest against a sys­tem that has so far failed to de­liver on a sim­ple prom­ise: that of an or­derly de­par­ture from the euro­pean Union.

amid the smoke and thun­der lurks the real po­ten­tial vic­tor in a Con­ser­va­tive de­feat – the un­re­formed Marx­ist Jeremy Cor­byn, a Leaver by in­stinct but in­creas­ingly in thrall to his re­main wing, with its fix­a­tion on a se­cond ref­er­en­dum.

Labour, cyn­i­cal in its quest for power, never in­tended that talks with the Govern­ment on the With­drawal agree­ment should suc­ceed. That much is clear.

Less clear is what comes next in the Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship. re­al­ity dic­tates that Mrs May’s suc­ces­sor will fare bet­ter if drawn from the Leave fac­tion. But the suc­cess­ful can­di­date must be able to unify a party di­vided by com­pet­ing vi­sions of Bri­tain’s fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with europe.

even at this stage, a sen­si­ble exit is still pos­si­ble if san­ity pre­vails and MPs rally round a sin­gle option in early June. a de­cent vote for the Tories in the euro-poll would help stave off de­mands for a switch to a hard­line pol­icy re­sult­ing in No Deal.

The pa­tience of Tory mem­bers and vot­ers may be strained to the limit but an­swer­ing the siren call of Mr Farage and his sin­gleis­sue lash-up of a party is not the an­swer.

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