DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Shifty Starmer can't be trusted on Brexit 

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Shifty Starmer can’t be trusted on Brexit

Like St Paul on the road to Damascus, Sir Keir Starmer seems to have experienced a blinding religious conversion.

Formerly an evangelist for Remain – to put it mildly – the Labour leader now claims to be reconciled to Britain’s departure from the European Union.

And should he become Prime Minister (God forbid!), he insists he will not try to unpick Brexit.

What an apparent transformation. Less than three years ago, Sir Keir was so incensed by the British public’s decision to split with Brussels that he battled tooth-and-claw to block it.

So can we believe a word Starmer says now? Or is this just a cynical ruse to gull pro-Leavers into voting Labour?

We all know he has a loose relationship with the truth. Like all militant Remainers, he’s in favour of democracy unless it doesn’t deliver the result he wants.

Sir Keir Starmer said he plans to 'make Brexit work' instead of seeking to rejoin the single market, customs union or the European Union

Sir Keir Starmer said he plans to ‘make Brexit work’ instead of seeking to rejoin the single market, customs union or the European Union

Despite solemnly promising to respect the referendum result, he was at the vanguard of the Parliamentary campaign to reverse it, opposing every piece of withdrawal legislation.

He also campaigned for a second referendum and conspired with Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier to thwart Brexit altogether.

To win Labour’s leadership election, he vowed to keep every Corbynite policy – only to ditch them once in charge.

And when asked to explain his Beergate shenanigans, he has lied and dissembled.

Certainly his radical change of heart on Brexit is at odds with recent outpourings from his front bench.

Only two weeks ago, shadow justice secretary Anna McMorrin told party activists that if in power she hoped Labour would rejoin both the single market and customs union – even hinting at an eventual return to full EU membership.

Sir Keir claims he will negotiate with Brussels to secure a better deal. Good luck with that! The torturous Brexit talks prove the EU is unwilling to be reasonable. And what parts of our new, hard-won sovereignty would he be willing to surrender?

The truth is, the forces of Remain are beginning a fresh guerrilla campaign led by Brussels poster boy Tony Blair.

For all Sir Keir’s protestations, he is with them in spirit. If elected, how long before he conspires to drag us back into the EU?

 

Speed up fuel tax cuts

The Mail can’t condone the blocking of motorways and major roads by activists protesting against the soaring cost of fuel.

But we understand the frustration of drivers who need their vehicles for work and have seen their petrol and diesel costs almost double since the pandemic began.

A modest fuel duty cut has had little effect on spiralling pump prices and there is strong evidence of profiteering by retailers.

The National Insurance hike has only compounded the financial agony.

Fuel inflation is a global problem. But the Government can mitigate the shock by supporting motorists through this crisis.

The Conservative way to do it is with tax cuts. Ministers seem to have forgotten that fundamental principle of Toryism.

 

Plotters polling woes

The Prime Minister’s enemies are exploiting the sordid Chris Pincher saga to launch a fresh assault on his leadership.

True, No10’s handling of the episode has left a lot to be desired. But the Tory rebels manoeuvring to unseat Boris Johnson are making a grave mistake.

A poll of Tory members has found that plotter-in-chief Jeremy Hunt would be trounced by all his potential rivals in a future leadership contest.

He – and any other candidates – should take heed. Don’t put personal vanity above the interests of your party and country.