Brexit: Boris Johnson denies lying to the Queen

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2019

Britain's opposition party leader committed to holding a second Brexit referendum if the Labor Party wins the next general election.

Asked whether Tom Watson is wrong in his view that there should be a referendum before an election, he replied: "It's Tom's view".

Boris Johnson is hoping his robust stance on Brexit will help him snatch seats from Jeremy Corbyn in his party's northern heartlands at an election.

Speaking in Brighton, Corbyn said: "Congress, the coming general election will be a chance for a real change of direction". But the only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum.

He added: "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".

"I want to lead a Labour government that will bring people together, and a relationship with Europe, either in the European Union or an effective trading relationship with Europe, in which we have a dynamic relationship on regulations and rights so we don't become a Donald Trump island, on the edge of Europe, undermining the social advances that have been made".

Johnson's push for an early election was thrown out before parliament was suspended for five weeks.

Mr Corbyn said he would make a decision over which way Labour would campaign in a new referendum after the party has negotiated a deal with the EU.

Labour's Brexit policy has shifted significantly over the past 12 months, in a series of incremental steps from last year's annual conference, when the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, brokered a carefully worded composite motion, putting forward a referendum as one option. "And then we need to move onto the wider issues that matter to so many people in our communities and across our country".

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