The Labour Party has historically claimed to represent the working population of Britain; pitting itself against the wealthy, privileged and elitist Conservative Party. This rhetoric has been rejuvenated under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn – a self-described socialist who has persistently loathed the entitled establishment. But – rhetoric has not translated into reality. Whilst it was once assumed that Labour unconditionally spoke for working men and women, this is not the case now. The Brexit vote encapsulated a variety of issues – amongst which was a large feeling of discontent from neglected communities. The Labour Party is unable to commit to addressing these concerns – but, the Conservatives will.
There is a line of analysis that indicates Brexit was a protest; voices that had been forgotten were finally heard. Outside of blossoming cosmopolitan centres were poor areas, often overlooked and ignored. Brexit was a chance to be acknowledged. Brexit was a defence mechanism against the cultural forces of globalisation – a defence of communitarian society in the face of liberal internationalism. It was a response to evident changes in demographic – identifying anxieties over immigration. These views were met with scepticism as critics were quick to offer their angle. Positivity about, or pride in the nation was dismissed as uneducated xenophobia, or racism. Brexit was critiqued as a modern-day effort to replicate the colonial period – an attempt to paint the map pink with nostalgia. The Labour Party have been guilty of this – siding with middle-class elites rather than paying attention to the interests of working-class communities.
The Labour Party will be whipped to vote down any deal that is negotiated – a disruptive act of blindness. The opposition is showing no effort to engage with Brexit, fixated on taking apart a democratic decision. The Conservative Party will not allow this to happen; it will uphold the will of the people and make sure of Britain’s departure from the EU.