General Election: Theresa May's campaign targets majority in Wales

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 6, 2017

A Conservative spokesman said the Prime Minister also said there would be "chaos and instability" in the United Kingdom if it were led by "a floundering, weak and nonsensical Jeremy Corbyn that will put our nation's future at risk". But it is an approach that takes all of the options off the table before she starts.

He told Radio 4's Today programme: "What we want to do is to have reporting back during the two years and a vote which means they [MPs] can reject the deal and that means that the United Kingdom negotiators go back to the negotiating table".

Labour faces the fight of its life, the party admitted as the general election campaign gets under way in earnest.

Leading food organisations, including the Food and Drink Federation, National Farmers Union and retailers, have also urged the government to guarantee the rights of EU workers in Britain after Brexit. Guaranteeing EU citizens' rights would be "warmly welcomed" across the EU as an indication of the sort of future relationship Britain wanted.

But Mr Corbyn has closed the gap from the last survey carried out by the body, with a swing of 3.5% from Conservatives to Labour, which will be a source of solace to his ailing campaign.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the option of remaining in the EU customs union - which would severely restrict the prospect of independent United Kingdom trade deals - should be part of withdrawal negotiations.

She added: "If we can make this election about the issues and policies we have a very good chance". We need to recognise that we have 44% of our trade with the EU.

Just hours later, however, Starmer told the BBC: "We must have immigration that works for our communities and our economy [and] that means there has to be movement of people to come and work in this country". Ahead of the speech, Starmer suggested in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the United Kingdom could remain in the European Union if unable to strike a satisfactory Brexit deal. Where hard-fought workplace rights and the environment are protected.

She said: "I'm actually devastated I can't stand".

"Nor do we believe that leaving the European Union means that we have to sever all of our ties with Europe".

So with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn both prepared to sit out a full-on debate in the format we've become accustomed to, that would only leave a handful of leaders of smaller parties willing to turn up.

The Conservatives drove home their central message of the "stronger leadership" needed to deliver a successful exit from the EU.

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