Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of hijacking referendum to shift power to wealthy

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 11, 2019

Parliament will vote Monday evening on whether to hold a general election, before being suspended for five weeks into mid-October.

Mr Corbyn has said Labour must offer voters both Leave and Remain options.

Mr Watson will claim going to the polls would not break the Brexit deadlock and insist that while a vote "might at this moment seem inevitable, but that doesn't make it desirable".

However, Mr Watson will argue it is not too late for Labour to win back Remain voters put off by confusion over the party's position on Brexit, if they were to commit clearly to campaign to stay in the EU.

Mr Corbyn recommitted to a second referendum on Brexit, which he said would include a "credible option to Leave" as well as Remain. It may be ancient history to some of Labour's young new recruits, but many people will never forget how they supported terrorists responsible for horrific carnage in a brutal civil war which saw people blown up in pubs, hotels, and shopping centres.

"WE MUSTN'T mistake the drama at Westminster for what real politics is about", Jeremy Corbyn told the Trades Union Congress today.

'No one can trust the word of a prime minister who is threatening to break the law to force through no-deal, ' Corbyn stressed, after recalling that an exit from the European Union on bad terms would result in job losses, trigger food price increases and cause a shortage of medicines in the UK.

He said there was "an increasing number of Conservative and ex-Conservative" MPs now ready to back a fresh referendum.

"We are ready for that election, we are ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen in this country and in this movement", he stated.

Putting himself at odds with Jeremy Corbyn, he will say there is "no such thing as a good Brexit deal" and Labour must campaign unequivocally to remain.

He also accused the PM of cosying up to US President Donald Trump to get a "one-sided" trade deal with the US which would damage employment rights, the NHS and United Kingdom industry.

He will add: "Very hard though it was, I and many others respected the result of the 2016 referendum for a long time".

In a move that could open the floodgates to widespread industrial action, Mr Corbyn on Tuesday pledged to sweep aside anti-trade union laws and transfer power from the "born-to-rule establishment" to the "hands of workers".

"My experience on the doorstep tells me most of those who've deserted us over our Brexit policy did so with deep regret and would greatly prefer to come back; they just want us to take an unequivocal position that whatever happens we'll fight to remain, and to sound like we mean it", he will say.

The PM is expected on Tuesday to continue to campaign for the election he is yet to have any success in triggering.

Deputy speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who is also Labour, and veteran Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh earlier confirmed their intentions to stand.

In a speech, Mr Watson will argue that MPs should act to thwart a no deal when the Commons returns next month, but should focus after that on securing a referendum before an election.

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