Political commentator John Rentoul claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is likely to become Prime Minister at the next election thanks to the Government’s failure to leave the EU. He said in The Independent that the Government promised the referendum three years ago but has failed to deliver Brexit. The co-author of Tony Blair’s biography also said that Corbyn is likely to win the next election because the Tories are “done for”.
Mr Rentoul alleged in his scathing rebuttal that the Tories are a “smoking ruin”.
He said: “I don’t think it is an overreaction to say that the Tories will not recover from what most Leavers will regard as a betrayal for many years.
“The full extent of the structural damage is not visible yet.
“Not least because the party will stay in government for a while yet and, indeed, Theresa May could stay as prime minister.”
Mr Rentoul also claimed the wider party membership cannot be “trusted” with the decision to choose their next leader.
He said: “Left to their own devices, Conservative MPs would probably choose Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt or David Lidington to lead them, but the wider party membership cannot be trusted with that decision.”
He also claimed the Tory party was in “turmoil” and that leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson as Prime Minister would not be able to take the UK out the EU either.
“Parliament won’t allow the UK to leave without a deal, and nor will it vote for an early general election”, he said.
The political commentator also suggested that the only way Brexit will happen is if EU leaders decide they have had enough and force the UK out.
He said: “If that happened in October, the House of Commons would probably vote for the withdrawal agreement rather than a no-deal exit or revoking Brexit altogether.
“But I doubt if Emmanuel Macron, or anyone else, would push us out.
“The EU27 would not want to take the risk of provoking a no-deal exit, and in any case they have worked out that, if they give us enough time, we are likely – eventually – to change our minds about leaving.”