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Remainers could be FORGETTING a vital problem with new anti-Brexit party, says professor

August 9, 2018 11:01 PM
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Remainers could be FORGETTING a vital problem with new anti-Brexit party, says professor

A NEW anti-Brexit political party bringing together “disgruntled” Remainer politicians could struggle to appeal to the masses because “there isn’t a great deal of agreement between these parties”, insisted politics professor Wyn Grant.

Professor Wyn Grant from the University of Warwick questioned whether there would be anything to unite politicians in a potential centrist party.

He told RT UK: “One would have to ask what is the programme of this party going to be. Now, ok, it’s largely about Brexit, about having a very soft Brexit and having a second referendum, possibly halting Brexit altogether.

“But when you go beyond that, in fact, there isn’t a great deal of agreement between these parties, liberal democrats have traditionally been very strong on things like human rights.

“The Conservatives are fiscally very Conservative – they want to or have had austerity policies and then you have people like Chuka Umunna who have a very different view about what he wants to do about public spending.

"I have a great difficulty in seeing what the coherence of this party would be once you’ve gone beyond the single albeit important issue of Brexit.”

He also said it “doesn’t seem very likely to me” that there will be a charismatic person to lead the new anti-Brexit centrist party.

Mr Grant added: “Vince Cable, although he’s a very able politician in some respects, I would hardly describe him as charismatic.

“So, I don’t really see where the effective leadership for this party is going to come from.”

The politics professor said the party will be full of a “collection of people who are disgruntled with the policies of their existing parties” but questioned whether the politicians would be able to offer something that would appeal to large numbers of voters.

The Observer revealed in April that a new political party has secretly been under development with access to up to £50million in funding from entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors.

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