Letter: Sticking two fingers up to the 17.4million Brexit electorate
This letter sent to the Star was written by Cyril Olsen, Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5
Having just watched Jeremy Corbyn presenting the Labour Party Manifesto for the December 2019 General Election to his members, I am reminded of the saying 'Hobson's Choice'.
This is attributed to Thomas Hobson (1544-1631) a livery owner in Cambridge who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in his stall nearest to the door or taking none at all - in other words, take it or leave it!
He informed the meeting that if elected, Labour would re-negotiate a Brexit deal on their terms with the EU and present this to the national electorate in a new referendum with two options on the ballot paper - to accept the Labour revised deal or Remain in the EU - no option to Leave being allowed!
17.4 million people voted Leave in the June 2016 Referendum, under Labour's new proposal they will not have an option to leave at the new referendum - they must simply accept Labour's negotiated deal which will be heavily weighted at keeping us closer to the EU than the current deal on offer.
This makes a mockery of Labour's promise of a fair deal for the many and not the few.
To take the Leave option off the ballot paper is tantamount to Jeremy 'Hobson' sticking two fingers up to the 17.4million Brexit electorate, which includes many Labour grass root voters, and saying take it or leave it but you do not have the choice of remain or leave as in the 2016 Referendum.
Yet another example of the demise of democracy under Labour rule should they be elected.