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Argument: Jeremy Corbyn Is a National Security Threat Jeremy Corbyn Is a National Security Threa...
Britain’s politics are in chaos—and an election may not fix things. Not only is the U.K. government’s entire bandwidth being consumed by Brexit, but polls show the U.K. electorate is split between four different parties, with the Brexit Party joining the traditional division of the Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats, while a fifth, the Scottish National Party, dominates in Scotland.
Unfortunately, the parliamentary system is ill equipped for this degree of plurality. A party that wins only a fraction of the vote may still have the most member of parliament, either on its own or in coalition.
This means that there is a real possibility of the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, forming the next government. And that would be grim news for the United States—and for the U.K’s foreign policy.
Corbyn and his followers, if elected, would seek to present their foreign policy as fundamentally decent and ethical. It would also be framed as a much-needed correction to the errors of past U.K. governments (both Labour and Conservative) and U.S. administrations (both Democratic and Republican). It would be presented as peaceful, a rejection of overly close ties with the Saudis, and an increased willingness to challenge Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. Advocates would call it an updated version of the “ethical foreign policy” promoted by the Labour Foreign Secretary Robin Cook from 1997 to 2001.
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