I'm voting to stop us polling Britain apart.
Democracy would be betrayed should a Prime Minister Boris Johnson stitch a sly deal with ambitious Tory MPs and blue rinse matrons, sneaking into Downing Street through the back door.
Staging a contest in November may prove no more than a sticking plaster on a gangrenous, gaping national wound when the economic turmoil and unprecedented political disorder of ejecting Britain from Europe is essentially unresolvable.
But I believe better a Government, Tory or Labour, with a manifesto mandate to negotiate divorce or hold a second referendum on renewing our European vows than rule by an unelected bumptious Premier who advocated Brexit as a PR stunt to advance his leadership dreams.
The Fixed-term Parliament Act designating May 2020 as election day can be over-ridden by Tories and Labour, with the SNP and Liberal Democrats, uniting to activate a clause permitting two-thirds of MPs to spark an early contest.
Buyer's remorse is Brexit giving way to Regretix. Project Fear is unmasked as Project Fact as jobs go.
And Leave's Project Fibs is exposed as an obscene lie when the serial fabricators finally admit the PS350m a week saving doesn't exist and migration might continue at current levels. The backlash of the conned will be terrifying and the perjurers are right to fear a second opinion at the ballot box.
There's also nothing like an election to focus the minds of politicians, Labour joining the Tories in civil war following a mini bus-full of Shadow Cabinet co-ordinated resignations in a WhatsApp coup against Jeremy Corbyn.
My advice to beleaguered Corbyn, should he wish to avoid following David Cameron into history, is trigger a race yourself by asking the party if they wish to stick or twist.
Because Labour in permanent, unruly turmoil would lose ingloriously later this year or 2020, whenever the showdown comes. I'm no Corbynista and deeply critical of the chaos and incompetence around him, giving Comrade Jeremy no more than a 10% chance of entering No 10.
My view he was entitled to enough space to succeed or fail on his own terms collides with a judgment the best moment for Labour to consider switching horses is when Tories wave goodbye to Cameron, events conspiring to make that now.
I've no sympathy for a something-must-be-done mob who shout for a new leader without naming him or her. And should Corbyn be re-elected, every MP would have to accept his reign.
Pinning referendum defeat on him is unfair when it was Cameron's tactical blunder and the conclusion of a mere 42% of Tories favouring Remain compared with 63% of Labour voters.
Beast of Bolsover, Dennis Skinner, a Left-wing veteran and one of a measly 10 Brexit Labour MPs, was scathing about Hilary Benn, fired early in the morning for disloyalty. "Jeremy persuaded voters in his London patch to vote Remain but Hilary Benn's mates couldn't persuade their locals to do the same," fumed Skinner when I spoke to him.
"It's a nonsense to pretend Corbyn can't win votes. It is Benn and his lot who are failing, not him."
Corbyn's critics ignore how in four by-elections under him, the party's vote was up in three - Oldham(+7.3%), Sheffield Brightside(+5.9%) and Tooting (+8.7%). Imagine how much better Labour might do if they united.
Cracks are appearing in Corbyn's union Praetorian Guard and I know of general secretaries signing letters publicly endorsing Corbyn who privately want him to vanish.
Deputy leader Tom Watson resisted overtures to involve him in the coup and it falls to him to keep a riotous show on the road.
Asked about the possibility of another referendum, Tony Blair wisely told BBC inquisitor-in-chief Andrew Neil: "As I'm looking at it here I can't see how we can do that. But, you know, the point is, why rule anything out right now?" I concur but there could be if Labour, like Tim Farron's Liberal Democrats, included another referendum in a manifesto for a November election.
And a pledge in that document depends on whether it sticks with Eurosceptic Corbyn or twists in the next few months.
We live in a uniquely turbulent, unpredictable era. Anybody who tells you what will happen next is as big a liar as the Brexit brigade.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 27, 2016|
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