The ‘Remain alliance’ could accidentally help Boris Johnson win a majority and force through Brexit

Heidi Allen

A plan to help anti-Brexit candidates win seats in the UK general election could inadvertently have the opposite effect.
The Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Plaid Cymru have agreed to step aside for each other in 60 seats across England and Wales.
However, many of these seats are held by pro-Remain Labour MPs.
Pro-EU campaigners fear the alliance of anti-Brexit parties could have the perverse effect of actually helping Johnson’s pro-Brexit Conservative Party win seats currently held anti-Brexit Labour MPs.
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Anti-Brexit opposition parties announced a plan this week to stand aside for each other in 60 seats across England and Wales at the upcoming UK general election.

The electoral pact, brokered by the group Unite to Remain, is designed to help the maximum number of pro-Remain candidates win seats on December 12 in order to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from winning a majority and pushing through Brexit.

However, there is growing concern among pro-European campaigners that the alliance could inadvertently have the complete opposite effect.

Rather than stopping Brexit, they fear that the pact could actually help Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative party win seats and then push through the hardest possible form of Brexit.

Here’s why.

The ‘Remain Alliance’ will target pro-Remain Labour MPs

Under the terms of the agreement, the Liberal Democrats will be given a clear run at 43 seats, including key target seats in London and the south of England.

Meanwhile, the Green Party will have a clear run at 10 seats, including Brighton Pavilion and the Isle of Wight while Plaid Cymru will be given a clear run in seven.

However, the choice of target seats has raised eyebrows among some pro-European campaigners, because many of them are already held by Labour MPs who are strong supporters of remaining in the EU.

Their fear is that in these seats the alliance will simply help the Conservative candidates, who are currently in second place, come through the middle and win.

A senior figure in the anti-Brexit movement said there was particular concern about four constituencies in particular: Exeter, Portsmouth South, and Stroud in the south of England, and Cardiff Central in Wales.

All four are held by Labour incumbents who support a “People’s Vote” and staying in the EU. These are Ben Bradshaw (Exeter), Stephen Morgan (Portsmouth South), David Drew (Stroud), and Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central.)

All four are vulnerable to seeing their majorities overturned by the Conservatives …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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