Michael Heseltine: A Corbyn government Would Be Less Dangerous for Britain Than Brexit

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Michael Heseltine, a Tory peer, believes that Brexit will be so damaging that he would want to see a Labour government that is led by Jeremy Corbyn in power instead of seeing Britain leave the European Union.

Heseltine made the said remark in an interview with the Limehouse Podcast. The claim is notable for one of the best-known Conservative grandees in the country.  He said that a Corbyn government would still have an adverse effect on the country. However, he said that leaving the European Union would be worse in the longer term.

When asked what would happen after five years of a Corbyn government, Heseltine, a well-known Europhile, stated: “We have survived Labour governments before. Their damage tends to be short-term and capable of rectification. Brexit is not short-term and is not easily capable of rectification. There will be those who question whether the short-term pain justifies the avoidance of the long-term disaster.”

Heseltine was a Deputy Prime Minister between 1995 and 1997. He has been an outspoken critic of the approach of his party to Brexit since the European Union referendum in June 2016.

He also said that Labour would turn against Brexit as the opinion of the public towards the project turned. He warned that the Conservatives would be “left holding the baby.”

“If you look at the polls there is probably a bigger majority against Brexit than the referendum secured but that, I think, will continue to happen and it will become more and more unpopular as people realise what it’s all about.

“When that happens, the Labour party will move, and the present government will be left holding the baby.

“But then you have got to realise the present government is supported by large numbers of people as opposed to Brexit as I am. How long will they remain within the tribe and loyal to the party?”