BREXITEER Brendan O’Neill blasted the Labour Party over its election campaign tactic to propagate an anti-America and anti-Trump sentiment across the country and convince people the European Union is “perfect”.
Speaking to TalkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the editor of Spiked Online said Jeremy Corbyn is trying to “panic” voters into boycotting Boris Johnson in his favour with his anti-American rhetoric. The Labour leader has launched his party election campaign this week and has propagated the claim that the Tories would sell out the NHS to private American companies if elected with a majority. But Mr O’Neill claimed the campaign tactic was a “cheap shot”.
He said: “There’s such an element of anti-Trumpism in all of this.
“They created this image of Trump’s America as this evil, disgusting, filthy place full of horrible fascists and disgusting food.
“A complete exaggeration. And now they’re marshalling this anti-Americanism and anti-Trumpism to try and bolster the case for Remain.
“To try and panic Brexit voters, to try and panic voters in this election backing Corbyn over Boris.
“I think it’s such a cheap shot.
“And it really does bring home this sense that they always boast about being internationalists – Remainers would say we are internationalist-minded, we want to reach out to the world – but in fact what they fundamentally are is little Europeans.
“They think the European Union is perfect, it has the perfect standards and the perfect approach to everything, and everyone outside of that world is in some way wrong.”
The Labour leader reiterated his claim in his speech in Harlow on Tuesday.
He said Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seeking to hijack Brexit to “unleash Thatcherism on steroids” by slashing regulations and moving the United Kingdom towards an American economic model.
“What Boris Johnson’s Conservatives want is to hijack Brexit to unleash Thatcherism on steroids,” Mr Corbyn said.
“A vote for Johnson’s Conservatives is a vote to betray our NHS in a sell-out to Trump.”
“They want a race to the bottom in standards and protections. They want to move us towards a more deregulated American model of how to run the economy,” Mr Corbyn said.
He told supporters in Harlow: “In this election, Boris Johnson is trying to hijack Brexit to sell out our National Health Service and the working people of this country.
“He is trying to cash in the votes of millions who voted to leave the EU, by buying political power for himself and then sell them out with another dose of austerity in the future…
“It’s time to call him out.”
He also said that if elected he would negotiate a new deal with the EU that would do more to protect workers, then put it to the people in another referendum, alongside the option to stay in the bloc.
“A Labour Government will get Brexit sorted within six months by giving you, the British people, the final say,” Mr Corbyn added.
“So if you want to leave the EU without trashing our economy or selling out our NHS you’ll be able to vote for it. If you want to remain in the EU, you’ll be able to vote for that.”