Boris Johnson 'won't win back the red wall' says Ben Habib
During the latest episode of Brexit Unlocked, former MEPs Ben Habib and Martin Daubney discussed the potential fallout if Boris Johnson makes a U-turn on his fishing promises. Mr Habib stated that the Prime Minister is not thinking about retaining the support of the red wall and has prioritised getting a trade deal with the EU.
Mr Daubney said: “The political fallout of a betrayal, particularly on fishing, is 66 percent of voters who converted to the Tory party for the first time in December last year.
“Lifelong Labour supporters who backed the blue corner on Brexit, two-thirds are saying they will switch back to the Labour Party if Boris betrays Britain on fishing.
“Iain Duncan Smith said this survey shows that the people of the red wall will not forgive my party if we cave into Brussels as pressure.
“He is completely right but when will Boris listen to this?”
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Mr Habib replied: “Well, Boris puts political expediency ahead of all other matters.
“The reason he signed up to the withdrawal agreement last year was just politically expedient.
“He needed a deal to win the election he thought he would sort it out later and now he’s back in this difficult position where he sees a failure to get a deal as a failure in statecraft.
“So he will do whatever he can to get that deal.
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“He’s not thinking about the red wall for him the red wall is a problem for 2024.”
The former MEP continued: “But let me say, I don’t think he’s going to win that red wall back ever.
“And it’s not just about Brexit, it’s about what’s happened during the COVID pandemic.
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He added: “So actually, all that chat about levelling up the country, all that chat about delivering a proper Brexit, all of that went straight out of the window.
“I think Boris is going to be remembered for having won a thumping majority and losing it at the subsequent election against all predictions.”
The Conservative Party won the 2019 general election with a huge majority of 365 seats.
The Labour Party secured their second-lowest total in history, a total of just 202 seats.
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