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As Theresa May exits stage left, the Tories dance ever rightward

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08.06.2019

The far right is defining politics. To understand how, imagine a line dance where each dancer takes a step to the right and points an accusing finger at the person next to him.

You think we’re selling out British workers, says Labour, by not fighting for Remain, and threatening jobs and living standards by taking us out of the single market? Don’t think about what we are doing (steps to the right and points) – look at Theresa May’s deal that wouldn’t even keep us in customs union.

We’re not having that, say Rory Stewart and the remaining supporters of Theresa May in the Conservative party. Our critics accuse of us abandoning the service sector and caring nothing for 80% of the economy. But you shouldn’t dwell on our faults. At least we are being honest when we say there is “no evidence” that the EU will renegotiate the withdrawal agreement – none whatsoever. We’re not the bad guys. Look (step to the right and points), just look at Jeremy Hunt and the other supposedly pragmatic Tory leadership candidates.

Sajid Javid is pretending there’s a sci-fi solution to the Irish border that exists only in his head. Jeremy Hunt says the deadlock could be broken if he takes the Tory party’s most extreme Brexit supporters to Brussels. Michael Gove says he has the magic power to renegotiate a withdrawal agreement that the EU has said explicitly and repeatedly it will not reopen. To describe their plans as fanciful is to insult the fairies at the bottom of the garden.

But Javid, Hunt and Gove have their defence ready. How can you accuse us of lying to the Tory party, country, maybe even ourselves? We are as........

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