Dominic Grieve’s fate is a sign of how extreme our politics will become if we don’t leave the EU

Dominic Grieve’s fate is a sign of how extreme our politics will become if we don’t leave the EU

Dominic Grieve’s fate is a sign of how extreme our politics will become if we don’t leave the EU

It is hardly surprising that Dominic Grieve, who wants to reverse the EU referendum and who said he would leave the Conservative Party if Boris Johnson became leader, should be unpopular with Tory members. 

The parallel between his situation and that of many pre-Corbyn Labour MPs is uncanny but slightly misleading. Yes, the attempt to deselect him is being led by someone who was recently a member of a rival party – in his case someone who stood as the Ukip candidate against him at the last election. Just as many of the noisiest advocates of deselecting “Blairite” Labour MPs are fresh from rival parties such as the Greens or sundry Trotskyist organisations. 

And the push to deselect Tory MPs is a mirror image of the puritanism of the Corbynites, valuing ideological conformity over coalition-building. Sam Gyimah, another Tory MP who wants to keep Britain in the EU, saw off an attempt by his local party to censure him last week. Even Nick Boles, the Grantham MP who supports the prime minister’s deal but who is seen as soft on Brexit, now sits as a Tory MP who is a member of the party nationally but not locally. 


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The fate of Grieve, Gyimah and Boles is a sign of the realignment of politics. The parties are being reshaped around new poles, but this is about Europe and has nothing to do with the ideology of Corbynism.  

The Conservatives are becoming the Brexit party, while Labour is becoming ever more emphatically the party of Remain, a cause about which Jeremy Corbyn has little to say.

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35/50 10 March 2019

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39/50 6 March 2019

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40/50 5 March 2019

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2/50 12 April 2019

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3/50 11 April 2019

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6/50 8 April 2019

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and fellow Labour MPs welcome the newly elected MP for Newport West, Ruth Jones (right), to the Houses of Parliament

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7/50 7 April 2019

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8/50 6 April 2019

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14/50 31 March 2019

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15/50 30 March 2019

Workers from the Honda plant in Swindon during a protest march through the town as the car giant will be urged to reverse its decision to close its UK plant

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16/50 29 March 2019

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17/50 28 March 2019

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18/50 27 March 2019

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19/50 26 March 2019

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20/50 25 March 2019

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21/50 24 March 2019

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22/50 23 March 2019

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Getty

23/50 22 March 2019

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24/50 21 March 2019

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25/50 20 March 2019

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26/50 19 March 2019

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PA

27/50 18 March 2019

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28/50 17 March 2019

Flooding in Silsdend, Yorkshire. Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding across the country. Flood warnings remain in place across the UK

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29/50 16 March 2019

Police at the scene in Fulham, west London where a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death this morning. The Metropolitan Police said it was called “to reports of a fight in progress” by ambulance crews and arrived on the scene at about 12.27am. The victim was found with stab wounds and died at the scene at 12.56am despite attempts by paramedics and members of the public to save his life

PA

30/50 15 March 2019

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Getty

31/50 14 March 2019

Families of those killed during Bloody Sunday march through Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Public Prosecution Service announced only one former British soldier is to be put on trial in connection with his role in the shootings that left 13 people dead in Derry on 30 January 1972. Families of those killed gathered outside The Museum of Free Derry, yards from where the killings took place, before marching to the city centre hotel to hear the announcement

Charles McQuillan

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32/50 13 March 2019

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PA


33/50 12 March 2019

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34/50 11 March 2019

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35/50 10 March 2019

A man feeds food to dogs during the ‘Brexit Dogs Dinner’ protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London

Reuters

36/50 9 March 2019

Protesters from the climate change pressure group Extinction Rebellion demonstrate by pouring fake blood onto the street outside Downing Street in London

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37/50 8 March 2019

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38/50 7 March 2019

Scaffolding which has blown down in strong winds in Hampstead, north London

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39/50 6 March 2019

Police and bomb disposal services outside the University of Glasgow after the building was evacuated when a suspect package was found in the mailroom

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40/50 5 March 2019

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Reuters


41/50 4 March 2019

Large waves crash over the sea walls at Cleveleys near Blackpool, as the remains of Storm Freya, which has battered Britain with gales, heavy rain and snow causes widespread travel disruption

PA

42/50 3 March 2019

Christopher Hepworth with partner Tanisha Prince (right) on their way to victory in the annual UK Wife Carrying Race at The Nower in Dorking, Surrey

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43/50 2 March 2019

Police officers search near the scene on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, east London following the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old girl on Friday night. Police were called to reports of a knife attack in the Romford area by the ambulance service at 9.25pm. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene just over an hour later. Her next of kin have been informed and detectives from the Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation

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44/50 1 March 2019

Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Niamh Emerson celebrate after winning gold and silver medals in the women’s pentathlon at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

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45/50 28 February 2019

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AFP/Getty

46/50 27 February 2019

Dozens of firefighters worked through the night to battle a major moorland blaze in West Yorkshire. More than 1.5sq km of Saddleworth Moor was ablaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the UK’s hottest winter day on record

Reuters

47/50 26 February 2019

Alastair Cook after he received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

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48/50 25 February 2019

Nobby the polar bear cools down at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park during unseasonably warm weather. The park was covered in a blanket of snow at the end of February 2018 as the UK was hit by sub-zero temperatures. Forecasters have said that after this weekend’s warm weather, temperatures later this week should return to normal

PA


49/50 24 February 2019

Olivia Colman won the best actress in a leading role award for ‘The Favourite’ at the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood

PA

50/50 23 February 2019

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson seen on the big screen as he addresses a protest over the BBC’s Panorama programme outside the BBC in MediaCityUK, Salford

PA

If we leave the EU, the Labour leader’s bet-hedging will allow him to move on and change the subject. Once we are out, Labour would not become the party of “rejoin” – the Independent Group, now called Change UK, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party can do that. Corbyn would change the subject back to austerity and young people being shut out of the housing market. 

The significance of this week’s vote against the withdrawal agreement is that we are likely to be staying in the EU for the foreseeable future. There might in the next 13 days be a fourth and even a fifth vote on the withdrawal agreement, possibly with changes to the accompanying political declaration. 

If it passes, I think the EU would still allow us to leave on 22 May, but in my view the chances of that are now about 30 per cent. If it doesn’t pass, I don’t think we will leave without a deal – neither side wants that – and so we will probably be granted a long extension to at least the end of the year. 

Then it will not be possible for Corbyn to change the subject and move on. The cleavage over Europe will continue to be the main subject of public contention, not least because the first consequence of staying in the EU is that we hold elections for the European Parliament. 

That is a great opportunity for the two ends of the increasingly polarised spectrum. At the Remain end: Change UK, which has applied to register as a political party under interim leader Heidi Allen. It must hope to copy the success of the Green Party in 1989 and Ukip in 2014. As Ukip in particular discovered, Euro elections are a publicity gift and seats in the parliament provide money and a platform.

At the Leave end: Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party, Ukip reincarnated, although it will face competition from the other Brexit party, the Conservatives. The contest will be between the fundamentalists at both ends – between those who want to cancel Brexit altogether and those who will cry betrayal, condemn the “coup by the elite against the people”, and demand a clean, no-deal Brexit. 

This is what politics could be like. The Conservatives will move to take up the hard-Brexit space occupied by Farage – we have seen that manoeuvre before. And Labour will move to take up the Remain space to head off the challenge from Change UK – ironically by opposing change to our membership of the EU. 

The new Tory prime minister will be a no-dealer and the party will be purged of pro-EU elements such as Grieve, Gyimah and Boles. Meanwhile, Corbyn will reconcile himself to the Remain majority among the Labour membership, resuming his stance during the 2016 referendum of unenthusiastic support – “seven out of 10” – for EU membership. 

It is all too possible that we will never leave the EU – and that we will never stop arguing about it.

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