Jeremy Corbyn accuses May of 'ducking scrutiny' on Brexit

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 11, 2019

Labour's policy is to push for a general election if the Prime Minister fails to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.

Lawmakers are due to vote next Tuesday on May's plans and are widely expected to defeat them after she failed to win over the Northern Irish party that props up her minority government."If the government can not pass its most important legislation, then there must be a general election at the earliest opportunity", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will say, according to the text of a speech he will deliver in Wakefield, northern England, extracts of which were released by Labour.

"If we go into a general election on a pro-Brexit Labour platform the result could be an electoral reverse that would rival the historic defeats of 1931 and 1983 in scale and depth". The 2016 vote session had 52-48 percent of votes in favour to leaving the EU.

The Cardiff Central MP, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum, said: "The EU has made it clear, repeatedly, that there is no prospect of a deal that differs, in any substantial form, from that negotiated with Theresa May".

At an election, Labour "would set out what we would seek to negotiate in Europe to try and deliver", he told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

A recent study of the attitudes of more than 1,000 Labour members found that 72% want Mr Corbyn to throw his weight behind a new so-called People's Vote on European Union withdrawal.

"The reason Theresa May has had such a botched set of negotiations is because of her red lines. We have always said that it's a matter of when, not if we table a motion of no confidence and we'll judge the timing day by day".

Barry Gardiner, the Shadow Trade Secretary, suggested it would be tabled "immediately" after Mrs May lost the vote but a spokesman for Mr Corbyn suggested the Scot was "speculating".

"In that situation, it won't be us slapping the leadership but millions of Labour voters who want the party to fight for the public services, rights and living standards that will otherwise be hammered by any kind of Brexit deal". The Labour Party leader could be seen appearing to mouth the words in response to May making a joke about his failure to demand a no-confidence vote against her government after he had accused her of leading the country "into a national crisis".

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