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Lord Adonis – a man who has fashioned the last three-years of his career out of being one of Britain’s most vehement and unforgiving anti-Brexiteers – is now backing Brexit, it seems.
The Labour peer posted a Facebook status yesterday evening declaring his new position. Adonis was selected as a Labour candidate for the MEP elections just last week. It looks as though the leadership has forced him to recant on his previous commitment to stopping Brexit.
The bizarre post reads like a hostage statement dictated by Corbynite communications commissar Seumas Milne…
I am deeply sorry for off-the-cuff comments I made during a live LBC radio phone-in last September. I encourage all voters, whatever their position on Brexit, to vote Labour in the upcoming European Parliament elections.
In our dangerously divided society, Labour is the only political party seeking to bring remain and leave voters together so that we can get on with the job of ensuring our country works for the many, not the few.
Labour has always been clear that it respects the result of the referendum. What we do not respect is the way the Conservatives have sought to use Brexit to create a more unequal economy and a harsher society.
That is why Labour has put forward a sensible alternative plan that would ensure a close economic relationship with the EU after Brexit, based on a new customs union and dynamic alignment on rights and standards. If such a plan cannot be secured due to the government’s infighting and irresponsibility, we believe all options should remain on the table, including the option of a public vote.
I do not believe that the real divide in our society is between people who voted to remain or to leave the EU. The real divide is between the many, and the few. As socialists, we must stand up for the many.
I am extremely proud to have been selected to stand for Labour in the South West of England for the European Parliament.
A vote for Labour is a vote for so much more than just Brexit. A vote for Labour is a vote for a more prosperous, fair and united country.
They even got him to say “as socialists.”
Brexit is long, complicated and as it turns out, full of the unexpected. But this has come as a shock to even the most Brexit-weary. Remainers are appalled at what has happened to their former hero, and social media is full of angry anti-Brexiteers accusing Adonis of letting them down. Andrew, blink twice if you need help.