The far right doesn’t go away if you give them Brexit. They won’t say “Thanks, that’s what we wanted so we’ll bugger off home and watch Pointless now.”
They won’t say “we got Brexit, but lots of people voted Labour, so we’d best bank what we’ve got and stop.”
Quite the opposite
This line that only Labour can “stop” the far right is nonesense. In this semi-proportional system, parties with, as is likely, 20%+ support will get seats. We can talk about how to minimise the number, but it won’t “stop” them in itself.
And the argument that a strong S&D bloc in the EP will “stop” the far right is also nonesense. Many other groupings like ALDE and Green are equally vehemently anti-far right. More seats for any of them helps.
More importantly, if the UK anti-far right candidates are only there until November, or sometime next year, does it really matter? For it to matter, Brexit must be stopped.
So stopping Brexit - the gateway for the Far-right’s anti-minority, anti-rights, anti-social politics into mainstream politics, and the test-case for the European Far Right - is the best way to deal a blow to the Far Right.
Unfortunately, that’s not Labour’s policy, whether the candidates like it or not.
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