The People’s Vote split is absolutely hilarious

They are fighting (again) over whether or not they are pro-Remain.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

Brexiteers in the market for a bit of schadenfreude this morning should tune in to the People’s Vote saga, unfurling in real time over the airwaves and on Twitter.

This latest battle in the anti-Brexit outfit’s long-running civil war began last night, when it was reported that campaign director James McGrory and head of communications Tom Baldwin had been sacked by Roland Rudd, who chairs Open Britain (one of the dominant organisations that comprise the campaign).

Both Baldwin and Rudd were interviewed on the Today programme this morning. Baldwin says Rudd doesn’t have the authority to sack him. Reportedly, there was a hilarious standoff this morning, in which McGrory and Baldwin refused to leave the PV offices, while Rudd and Patrick Heneghan, who Rudd has installed as chief executive, refused to enter while the other two were on the premises. (The staff, for their part, have since staged a walkout.)

This whole business is even more mental when you remember what it is these people are fighting over – whether or not the People’s Vote campaign should be explicitly pro-Remain. Baldwin is from one faction that doesn’t think it is tactically savvy, even though he conceded on Today that everyone involved with the campaign obviously backs Remain. Rudd, quite rightly, called this position ‘absurd’.

That a good chunk of people in the People’s Vote campaign genuinely think the public hasn’t realised that it is a pro-Remain organisation which only wants a second referendum in the hope that we will give them the ‘right’ answer next time, or that there is some tactical edge in keeping up this charade that it technically isn’t pro-Remain, is, frankly, hilarious.

We can only hope PV does embrace Remain, and that these tone-deaf numpties take up a leading role in any future rerun of the referendum, if we are forced to have one. With these sorts of minds running the Remain camp, Leave would win again by a country mile.

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Four Stars

29th October 2019 at 8:00 am

Johnson is already providing The People’s Vote. Forget the polls. His power grab, at the expense of finally landing Brexit, will pave the way for a proxy referendum. By Christmas, every remainer, and Faragian hard Brexiter, will campaign on a single issue, concentrate their votes against Johnson, and Brexit will be lost…so close to the finish line. Pride before the fall.

nick hunt

29th October 2019 at 3:51 pm

‘Brexit will be lost’? I’d say that, should your dubious scenario ever unfurl, it would only strengthen the fight to more fully restore UK independence and sovereignty. The same thing is likely if Boris’s deal fails to deliver what voters mandated. There’s no way back now

Amanda Lothian

28th October 2019 at 11:05 pm

remember Neil’s demolition of McGrory? hilarious.

H McLean

28th October 2019 at 10:42 pm

To have any credibility a re-do of the referendum would need to have “Leave, No Deal” as one of the options. Does anyone really think that would be allowed on the ballot? The only logical outcome is to respect the result of the 2016 vote and LEAVE.

James Knight

28th October 2019 at 9:35 pm

You already hear the Remoan faction they would not respect the result if they lost a second time around. And in any case the PV would be a rigged vote between Remain and BRINO.

Willie Penwright

28th October 2019 at 5:12 pm

Alastair Campbell, described by the Guardian as “a former Labour spokesman and People’s Vote campaigner,” tweeted: “Before people get too excited, a few facts … @RolandRudd is chair of Open Britain. He styles himself as chair of PV but this has never been agreed by all.”
With veteran diplomatic ‘handlers’, such as Campbell involved, the PV split might end in war.

jessica christon

28th October 2019 at 3:40 pm

No, “leave” wouldn’t win again because there’ll be no genuine leave option.

Graham Southern

28th October 2019 at 7:41 pm

That must be why Labour is so desperate to avoid an election.

jessica christon

28th October 2019 at 8:04 pm

PV will most likely be “leave” (as in “Boris’ surrender treaty”) vs Remain. They won’t give us a genuine leave option like 2016 ever again.

Dean 61

28th October 2019 at 1:18 pm

That was pure comedy gold but even better was the fact that the article was accompanied by a Google Ad for this year’s Pantomime at my local theatre.

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