Ex-Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn Speaks out against the Governments Bill.
– Unlikely alliance condemned vaccine passports as ‚divisive and discriminatory‘
– Members of coalition were organised by the pressure group Big Brother Watch
– Signed a pledge to oppose the idea if it is brought forward by ministers
– Signatories include Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey
(June 5, 2020)
The public deserves answers about the UK’s new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including the MI5 and the Times newspaper, his former role in the Julian Assange case and his membership in the intelligence-linked Trilateral Commission.
(June 5, 2020)
The public deserves answers about the UK’s new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including the MI5 and the Times newspaper, his former role in the Julian Assange case and his membership in the intelligence-linked Trilateral Commission.
Defence secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs – returning to the House of Commons after their Christmas break – on the latest in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iran military leader Qassem Suleimani last week. He makes the statement in place of Boris Johnson, who is chairing a meeting of the UK national security council to discuss the crisis.
Mr Corbyn branded the drone strike on the leader of Iran’s feared Quds Force an “assassination” and told the House of Commons that it was widely regarded as illegal.
And he accused the prime minister of hiding away from scrutiny after Mr Johnson sent defence secretary Ben Wallace to answer MPs’ questions on the 3 January killing in Baghdad.
The arrogance and detachment of Corbyn’s middle class fan club was a factor in every seat that Labour lost. And they were so away with the fairies that in a Bassetlaw they predicted a 1200 Labour majority on the eve of the election.
It is 95 years since Bassetlaw last elected a Conservative…
Ein Kommentar zu den Parlamentswahlen in Großbritannien und dem dort anstehenden Rauswurf der „Europäischen Union“ („Brexit“).
Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected in Islington North. But after leading his party to a second election loss, the Labour leader also announced that he would stand down before the next campaign.
Days before Britain’s historic election, the UK’s military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with evidence-free Russiagate allegations.
It’s going to be a tense few days for the UK’s political class. With barely any time left till the election and Johnson’s poll lead holding firm, he will be counting the minutes till Trump’s back in the air and heading home. Corbyn and the rest will be praying that the temptation to say something controversial is too great for the President — don’t be surprised if they bait him. And Nigel Farage will probably be sitting around waiting for his brief audience with Trump, reminding everyone — including Johnson — that he has the President’s ear.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn agreed in a phone call on Friday evening that the democratic process must not be disrupted by the incident, which took place on London Bridge.
Zwei Wochen vor der Parlamentswahl in Großbritannien liegt die Konservative Partei von Premierminister Boris Johnson deutlich in Führung. Die Tories können sich sogar Hoffnung machen, zukünftig wieder alleine zu regieren.
– Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn went head to head in a potentially decisive ITV election debate tonight
– The PM used the crucial debate to hammer home his message about the importance of ‚getting Brexit done‘
– The Opposition leader pressed Mr Johnson on the NHS post-Brexit and vowed to splurge on public services
– The pair clashed brutally over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and a Scottish independence referendum
In a bid to secure support from industry ahead of polling day on December 12, the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats will each make a speech on stage at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Annual Conference at the InterContinental London – The O2.
The Labour leader signalled he will order his MPs to vote down Boris Johnson’s request next week for a poll on 12 December, describing the proposal as “really odd so near Christmas”.
If Labour wins the next election, it will hold a second referendum. The choice would be between staying in the EU and ‘leaving’ via a tweaked version of Theresa May’s withdrawal deal – that is, between Remain and Remain By Another Name. Whoever wins that rigged referendum, Brexit would lose. This internal spat is over which flavour of betrayal to recommend to the electorate, and when might be best to announce that preference.
Amid stormy scenes in the hall, Labour delegates then approved so-called composite motion 14 – which again supported Mr Corbyn’s Brexit position while not committing the party to pursue a particular view at a second Brexit referendum.
At the Labour conference Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the stage.
He says the supreme court judgment demonstrates Boris Johnson’s contempt for parliament.
He says he will write to the Speaker demanding an urgent recall of parliament.
He says a Labour government would want to be held to account. It would not bypass democracy.
And he says Boris Johnson should “in the historic words, consider his position”.
That means he thinks Johnson should resign.
A source close to Corbyn tells me he expects the block vote of the unions to defeat that motion on Monday when put to conference, although another source told me the two giant unions, Unison and Unite, are no longer as one and Unison may peel away from Unite and abstain.
Every Monday, a group of unlikely bedfellows meet in Jeremy Corbyn’s parliamentary office. Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat leader; Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader; Caroline Lucas, the Green party’s sole MP; and Liz Saville Roberts from Plaid Cymru all gather to discuss their common aim — preventing a no-deal Brexit. This rebel alliance is more than just a group therapy session: last week, they succeeded in taking control of parliament and immediately started to give instructions to the Prime Minister.
There is another EU leader who is known to be not so keen on the idea of an extension, either – one Boris Johnson. Ultimately, the Prime Minister has it in his power to make sure that the UK does not get an extension (even while fulfilling his legal duty to request one) by making certain demands that the EU is bound to refuse.
– Boris Johnson called for snap election after being defeated by Remainer MPs
– The PM needs to secure a two-thirds vote in the Commons to hold an early poll
– Jeremy Corbyn has said he will block poll unless law is passed against No Deal
Jeremy Corbyn, the scourge of bankers and avowed opponent of capitalism, is winning support from unexpected new quarters: two of the biggest global banks operating in the City of London are warming to the Labour leader.
Unlikely as it may seem, he is now seen as the lesser of two evils by analysts at Citibank and Deutsche Bank, respectively American and German titans of the financial system.
The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has said that there is no consent to leave the EU without a deal and no majority for no-deal in the country.
He added that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to table a motion for a general election he should „get the bill passed first in order to take no-deal off the table“.
Der Chef der größten britischen Oppositionspartei soll eine Revolte gegen Premierminister Boris Johnson planen. Doch Corbyn fehlen die Unterstützer. Seine Idee sei „nonsense“, so das Echo.
Britische Medien berichten, Oppositionsführer Corbyn wolle Premierminister Johnson per Misstrauensvotum stürzen. Als Chef einer Übergangsregierung will er so den No-Deal-Brexit verhindern und anschließend ein zweites Referendum.
– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of plotting a ‚desperate‘ coup
– He pleaded for support in bringing a no confidence vote to prevent No Deal
– Embarrassingly Mr Corbyn’s plans have been rejected by the Lib Dems already
On the biggest issue in British politics, Labour promised one thing before the election and then did the complete opposite afterwards. The last party that performed such an outrageous U-turn was the Liberal Democrats over tuition fees, and they were rightly destroyed in the following election.
Labour is now possibly facing that same oblivion.
As of this morning, just under five million Labour Leave voters are homeless. I’m sure The Brexit Party will be delighted.
Already Labour are below 20 per cent in some general election polls and it is hard to see how they will survive a four-way squeeze in any snap election.
The only thing that might avoid this doomsday scenario is if the Tories manage to take the UK out of the EU by 31st October. Given that the dreadful withdrawal agreement is now dead in the water, that means, somewhat ironically, only a ‘no deal’ Brexit can save Labour.
Today is a tragic day in the Labour Party’s history, and a fatal day for British democracy. It is, potentially, the beginning of the end of the Labour Party as we know it.
In backing Remain, Corbyn has turned Labour into an authoritarian tool of the establishment.
Der neue britische Premierminister sollte das Vertrauen haben, ihren Deal oder „No-Deal“ der Öffentlichkeit zur Abstimmung vorzulegen. Unter diesen Umständen „würde Labour für einen Verbleib werben“.
In a bombshell announcement Jeremy Corbyn said today that his party will back another divisive vote to stop Brexit – as long as the Tories are still in power.
After years of flip-flopping on the issue, he said that no matter what Brexit deal the next PM gets with the EU, they should put it back to the people for another say.
However his message, which came during a day of meetings with senior party figures, raised fresh questions over Labour’s Brexit strategy in a general election.
It comes as attempts to stop the next prime minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit by Halloween were rejected by the deputy speaker.
A senior Labour source told The Times that Mr Corbyn was supporting the policy change.
The new policy paper has been written by Andrew Fisher, Mr Corbyn’s head of policy, and suggests a second referendum on any deal negotiated with Brussels.
As it stands Labour currently is asking the government for a custom’s union or a general election.
Their combined approval rating is now at a disastrous -96 according to the latest figures from Ipsos MORI from earlier this month. A Telegraph analysis has shown that this is the lowest combined score ever recorded by the pollster, well clear of the -89 posted by Margaret Thatcher and Michael Foot in December of 1981.
The Labour leader said he was “listening very carefully” to both sides of the debate after the party fell behind the Liberal Democrats and also lost ground to the Greens.
Labour’s preference would be a general election but any Brexit deal “has to be put to a public vote”, he said. Several Labour sources noted this was a shift from his previous position that a second referendum was being kept as an option on the table to stop a damaging Tory Brexit.
Reacting as the results rolled in, Mr Corbyn said the issue „will have to go back to the people, whether through a General Election or a public vote“.
Mr Corbyn added: „Labour will bring our divided country together so we can end austerity and tackle inequality.
Der Chef oppositionellen Labour-Party, Jeremy Corbyn, hat der britischen Premierministerin Theresa May mitgeteilt, dass er die Gespräche über einen Kompromiss im Brexit-Streit für gescheitert hält. Wörtlich hieß es, die Gespräche sind „so weit gegangen wie es möglich ist“. Er glaube nicht, dass es mit der auch innerparteilich angeschlagenen Premierministerin May zu einer Einigung komme, so Corbyn.
Brexit talks between the Conservatives and Labour have collapsed, plunging the UK further into turmoil.
The pair will explore updating the trade blueprint to add a temporary Customs Union, which could be made permanent if Labour wins power in May 2022.
EU officials have given a warm welcome to the plan – so long as the UK signs off on the withdrawal pact including the backstop.
One told The Sun: “This should be workable. The EU never has made any problem about having time limits on a Customs Union.”
After a marathon Cabinet meeting, ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts but ..
Where I live, in West Yorkshire, everywhere I go – to work, to the shops, to the pub, speaking with neighbours and friends – people have never been more openly political and unafraid to air their opinions. Talk is of democracy and its denial by Westminster; of traitors and authoritarians. The kind of language that would once only be used by marginal, radical groups has become the new normal. Even the local papers, not known for their political coverage, echo the public’s disgust at the denial of the referendum vote.
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour’s Euro elections campaign
Die britische Premierministerin Theresa May strebt einen zügigen Kompromiss mit der oppositionellen Labour-Partei an. In ihrer eigenen Partei droht ihr eine Zerreißprobe.
Die britische Regierungschefin Theresa May bereitet einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge ein zweites Brexit-Referendum vor für den Fall, dass sie vom Parlament dazu gezwungen wird. May berate unter anderem mit Ministern über eine weitere Volksabstimmung, berichtete der „Daily Telegraph“ unter Berufung auf mit der Sache vertraute Personen.
John McDonnell, the shadow Chancellor, said it “may well” be the case that any deal would have to be put to a second referendum, adding: “I think the Conservatives have to recognise that if a deal is going to go through there might be a large number of MPs who will want a public vote.“
The Leave campaigner said his burgeoning Brexit Party would field a full slate of candidates against Tory and Labour MPs in a general election and “break the two party system” if Mrs May and Mr Corbyn made a pact to keep the UK tied to EU rules.
“I am so sorry at the loss of many excellent Tory councillors,” he told the Observer. “But frankly, given the performance of the government, it’s pretty amazing that anyone turned out to vote Conservative at all.”
A grassroots movement to force out the prime minister is gaining ground in the wake of a set of election results that saw the Tories lose an astonishing 1,300 councillors. MPs and local constituency chiefs also warned May that agreeing a Brexit deal with Labour would lead to the party’s annihilation.
Tory MP Mark Francois told LBC that Theresa May must go after disastrous local elections results and the prospect of a customs union with the EU.
She today wrote in the Mail on Sunday: ‘To the leader of the opposition, I say this: let’s listen to what the voters said in the elections and put our differences aside for a moment. Let’s do a deal.’
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Hopes of a Brexit deal being struck between Labour and the Government have risen after both sides said progress had been made in the latest round of talks.
She even recklessly contradicted Sammy Wilson, the DUP MP, when he claimed she had never said “no” to anything in her Brexit negotiations. She had refused to accept Northern Ireland being separated from the UK in a temporary customs union, she said.
I am told that the prime minister’s mood is just as buoyant in private. Does she know something we don’t? Does she have a secret plan that will persuade MPs over the Easter break?
To see how cynical and censorious Britain’s political class has become, look no further than its mad response to Nigel Farage’s comments at the launch of his new Brexit Party. Farage raged at the mess the elite has made of Brexit, promised to start an ‘earthquake’ in UK politics, and said it was time to put ‘the fear of God’ into MPs who have stitched up Brexit. Cue hysteria among the political and media classes.
And referring to the cross-party talks she said: “We are sitting down seriously to find a way that enables this House to ensure that there is a deal that commands a majority so that we can leave the European Union.”
The PM met Jeremy Corbyn again for 20 minutes – and a number of Tory Ministers are expected to meet their Labour ‘Shadows’.
Theresa May’s own Brexit Secretary today admitted that the European Union was now “in control” of Britain’s departure from the bloc.
The French President will insist the UK can have no say in the bloc’s future trade deals in contrast to what the Labour boss is asking for.
He will demand the Political Declaration is rewritten to stress „the EU’s autonomy of decision making and the integrity of the Single Market”.
President Macron is also calling for regular ‚behaviour reviews‘ of the UK, a bonfire of its EU powers and posts and a ‚Boris-proof‘ lock preventing a new Tory leader causing havoc within the EU if she stands down, despite warnings from Donald Tusk and Angela Merkel not to poison relations with Britain.
Angela Merkel has given her backing to a „longer“ Brexit delay than has been requested by Theresa May, ahead of a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday evening.
The German Chancellor said any extension to Article 50 should be flexible enough to allow the UK’s departure from the European Union „very quickly“ once the UK had approved the withdrawal agreement.
Zwei Tage vor dem – vorläufig – endgültigen Datum für den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU kommt es am Mittwoch zu einem letzten Spitzentreffen in Brüssel. Die britische Premierministerin Theresa May wird bei der EU um eine weitere Verschiebung des EU-Austritts ansuchen. Nur ein einstimmiges Ja der verbleibenden 27 EU-Mitglieder kann einen ungeregelten Brexit noch verhindern.
Brexit leads most of Wednesday’s papers as EU leaders gather in Brussels for another crunch summit when they will be asked to sign off on a second extension.
An apparent sticking point in the negotiations between the two parties is over membership of the Customs Union. To be clear, both sides are in absolute agreement that Britain should remain in the Customs Union in defiance of the public’s wishes to leave it.
Theresa May has headed for top-level talks in Berlin and Paris as she seeks European support to stop us crashing out of the EU on Friday.
The prime minister exchanged a warm greeting with Angela Merkel and they spent an hour together in Berlin.
The irony of the stalemate in the cross-party Brexit talks is that Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are not that far apart on the issue, as I say in The Sun this morning. They might use different language, but what they want is really quite similar.
But while they may not be that far apart, their parties are. A deal would require not one of them, but both of them to be prepared to split their parties.
Jeremy Corbyn was warned by Labour party chairman Ian Lavery that he risked going down in history as the leader who split his party if he backed another referendum on Brexit, in an extraordinary outburst during a meeting of the shadow cabinet last week, according to senior party sources.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, more than 100 current and would-be Tory councillors state that they are unable to muster the volunteers needed to effectively fight next month’s local elections because “belief in the party they joined is gone”.
Council leaders have told The Sunday Telegraph they are preparing for heavy losses in the local elections, amid fears voters are turning on the party for failing to take the UK out of the European Union on time.
Theresa May has warned that Brexit could „slip through our fingers“ unless a compromise deal can be reached with Jeremy Corbyn.
Her comments come as she continues to try to reach an agreement with the Labour leader that she can get MPs to vote through parliament.
Theresa May has insisted a cross-party compromise is now the only way to deliver Brexit, despite talks between the Conservatives and Labour having so far failed to find a solution.
Angela Merkel will now quietly decide our destiny
Talks between Theresa May’s Government and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party aimed at finding a Brexit breakthrough have stalled, with one of the key players describing a „disappointing“ lack of progress.
The cross-party talks are a key part of her efforts to find a majority in the Commons.
– Theresa May will write to EU Council President Donald Tusk to request extension to Article 50 beyond April 12
– Prime Minister wants ‚termination clause‘ to leave EU on May 22, day before European elections if deal passes
– AG Geoffrey Cox we need to use ‚any means to secure an ends‘ and cross-party talks are vital for securing deal
Talks between Conservative and Labour teams have taken place for a second day, in a bid to end Brexit deadlock.
The discussions, which lasted 4.5 hours, were described as „detailed and productive“ by the government.
So we lurch towards a permanent customs union and British infeudation as a non-voting member of the EU legal and regulatory system. This can end only in acrimony and years of bitter conflict with Europe.
Sooner or later an explosive issue will arise. It will become clear why a G7 industrial democracy with 65 million people cannot subcontract swaths of policy-making to a foreign power.
Has it really come to this? Are we really stuck with a Tory Prime Minister who believes Jeremy Corbyn to be the country’s last hope of salvation? Is this just a nightmare from which we are all about to awake, or is Theresa May actually for real?
THERESA MAY and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed to further cross-party talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock – but could we see a coalition between the two party leaders?
After the talks, which lasted just over two hours, Jeremy Corbyn told the Mirror that they had gone „very well“ and that he expected to sit down again with the PM soon.
Talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were took place in the Prime Minister’s office in the Commons.
The Brexit pile-up in parliament really is unlike anything we’ve witnessed in modern times. The government and MPs are refusing to implement the biggest democratic mandate in British political history, the clearest and most weighty demand ever issued to them by the public. And yet they are still straining to agree how best to bury it for good.
„It’s really kicking off,“ one Brexiteer told me in the aftermath of Mrs May’s statement.
„This cannot be allowed, that cabinet has to move against May. The 1922 [backbench committee] chairman [Sir Graham Brady] has to go and tell her she has to go.“
The Brexiteers can’t stage of a vote of confidence – she secured a year’s grace after winning the confidence vote last December, but they can try to destabilise her government.
She is likely to face an onslaught from Conservative Brexiteers at Prime Ministers Questions this afternoon after her controversial proposal to negotiate with the Labour leader.
Ominously for the PM, Boris Johnson has joined the Brexiteer backlash, which has seen some Tory MPs urge cabinet ministers to stage a mutiny and move to oust her immediately.
– Theresa May made a dramatic shift as she promised new Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn to ‚break the logjam‘
– She said the Government wanted to strike a new deal on the final UK-EU deal both parties could live with
– If talks with Mr Corbyn fail then May promised to hand the decision to Parliament to find a way forward
– Warned there is no hope of changing the divorce treaty – a hint she is abandoning hard Brexiteers and the DUP
– Brexit Tories led by Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg exploded with rage at May’s apparent concessions
– May said she wants to persuade the EU to agree to the new timetable next week and leave the EU on May 22
– Brussels has been clear any delay longer than May 22 would require Britain to hold EU elections next month
– May’s announcement came after a marathon seven-hour Cabinet meeting with ministers locked inside No 10
„There was a very significant shift to a softer Brexit,“ said a senior minister.
„There is no turning back“.
And there you have captured the magnitude of the risk the PM is taking.
Theresa May ignored the will of her Cabinet by ruling out a no deal Brexit and choosing to extend Article 50 as she asked Jeremy Corbyn to help her find a compromise.
It was billed as the ultimate Brexit showdown and in the end the seven-hour marathon cabinet meeting ended in rows and recriminations after a cabinet majority for no deal was ignored in favour of a customs union consensus with Jeremy Corbyn.
The fact that the epic political pow wow started with a brief delay should have acted as an omen.
(2.4.2019) When Theresa May stood in 10 Downing Street earlier this evening and announced that she would try and break the Brexit logjam by liaising with Jeremy Corbyn, she gave the impression of speaking with Cabinet backing. However, the full story is now emerging. In a stormy seven-hour meeting, minister after minister protested at her proposal to use Labour votes for a softer Brexit ( potentially a customs union) in order to pass a deal. As many as 14 ministers said they’d rather keep no deal on the table. It seems that only about ten supported her final plan.
May says she is offering to sit down with the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, to come up with a plan to leave with a deal.
By backing Common Market 2.0, the left has embraced ‘Euro-jingoism’.
The Labour Party is at the Rubicon. The first agenda item at the inaugural Labour Party conference of February 28, 1900, was “Object of conference: a resolution in favour of working-class opinion being represented in the House of Commons.”
Even in that first debate, the new leaders made clear that the appeal would need to be beyond the traditional working classes and should not be to encompass the concept of “class war”.
But it set up a political party whose reason for existence was entirely centred on giving voice and vote to working-class opinion.
Labour’s position on the customs union is baffling. For the British left, supporting membership in the customs union is historically incongruous, morally aberrant, and logically inconsistent. Anti-racists, internationalists, and leftists should oppose EU customs union membership for Great Britain.
Some wonder if backing a second referendum would make Labour the ‘party of Remain’. As the anger grows within Labour heartlands over such an extreme and historic betrayal, this could be an overly optimistic portrayal. The Labour Party is gradually morphing into the party of anti-democrats, the party that collaborated in and drove one of the greatest betrayals of the British people in our history.
The UK was renowned the world over as a proud beacon of parliamentary democracy that guaranteed the freedoms, rights and liberties of its citizens. The world looked to us when fascism, communism and tyranny stalked the earth. The British people respected their old and famous institutions and revered those who served in them with a mature and considered admiration. All of this was conditioned on the fact that we were assured that our representatives and institutions would govern in the interests of the people. We can no longer be sure of this.
Motion tabled in name of former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett would require a public vote before any deal with the EU
YouGov puts the recent slide in support for Corbyn down to “Brexit indecisiveness”. You don’t say…
The EU’s chief negotiator told ministers of the 27 remaining countries in the bloc that the leader of the British opposition had sought a head-to-head meeting with him. Mr Barnier and Mr Corbyn will hold talks in Le Berlaymont, the EU’s headquarters in Brussels, on Thursday morning.
Jeremy Corbyn is expected to throw his weight in the coming days behind a proposal to hold a referendum on the UK government’s Brexit deal.
The Labour leader is backing an amendment by two of his party’s MPs that would put any deal to the public for a “confirmatory referendum” after it is approved by parliament.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says MPs have ruled-out both a no-deal Brexit and the prime minister’s deal.
He says extending Article 50 is now inevitable.
Brexit is breaking British politics. Both the traditional powers have been shipwrecked by this storm and show no signs of knowing how to repair their ruined timbers. This is the sort of thing everyone understands. If the Tories enjoy more support than Labour this is only because Labour is so very bad. It is not because Theresa May’s Government commands the confidence of the people. In any case, her party is slowly but surely devouring itself over Brexit. Again, everyone knows this.
Theresa May has made clear she will bring her deal back for MPs to vote on by 12 March.
Mr McDonnell said this will be when Jeremy Corbyn puts the party’s amendment forward for a Final Say referendum on Brexit.
MPs will vote again on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis MP told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that MPs not delivering on the Brexit referendum would undermine belief in political parties.
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Theresa May’s pledge to protect workers’ rights after Brexit could persuade up to 70 Labour MPs to back her deal, it was claimed last night.
Labour MP John Mann, who has led talks between his party’s members and the Government, said dozens of colleagues were against Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for a second referendum and could back Mrs May’s plan – if ministers offer enough reassurances.
It should go without saying that if the EU know we will not leave without a deal, then they have no incentive to change the backstop. And with no change to the backstop, the Withdrawal Agreement as it stands looks dead in the water.
Attention now is likely to switch to whether Theresa May will reverse her long-standing promise to leave the Customs Union with the aim of tempting enough Labour MPs to back a Withdrawal Agreement.
The right playbook however is Churchill’s. Keep buggering on. This is not the time to capitulate, to fold and to be defeatist. Now is the time to stand firm and hold our nerve.
Mrs May’s announcement yesterday in which she conceded two Commons votes on Brexit in mid March is the wrong move. It sends the wrong message to the EU. Opening up the possibility of ruling out No Deal, or extending Article 50, may harm our negotiating position.
It is hard to take back control when no one is in control
Mr Corbyn has previously been vocal about his reluctance in supporting another referendum.
Mr Corbyn said the party will now back the Cooper-Letwin amendment of a people’s vote if Mrs May’s Brexit deal if voted down by parliament for a second time this month.
He said this will prevent the UK leaving on March 29 without a deal over the future relationship with the EU.
France would block a delay to Brexit unless it had a “clear objective” based on a “new choice” by the British, Emmanuel Macron has said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris, the French president gave the clearest signal from an EU leader so far that there would be conditions on an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period.
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Labour chairman Ian Lavery was described as “very angry” as he branded the support for a second referendum “political suicide” – arguing that the move risks shedding votes in the Midlands and northern England.
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon attacked the leadership for failing to consult the shadow cabinet before announcing the U-turn – asking Mr Corbyn: “Why did we hear about it in the media?”
He has betrayed his party’s own manifesto in the 2017 general election, which promised to respect the outcome of the referendum. He has betrayed his old Labour mentors, most notably his hero Tony Benn, who was the left’s most articulate critic of the EU. And he has betrayed himself. He has betrayed his own longstanding and correct belief that the EU is an illiberal, undemocratic, anti-worker outrage of an institution. Has any politician ever betrayed so many people in such a short space of time?
Asked if that stance would put her on the “same side as Jeremy Corbyn”, Ms Thornberry replied: “Yeah. Of course.
“If there’s a choice between a disastrous Tory Brexit or no deal and Remaining, then that is what we will have to do.”
Labour’s 2017 manifesto says the party “accepts the referendum result” and will fight for “a Brexit deal that delivers for all regions and nations of the UK”.
Yvette Cooper, a senior Labour MP, and Sir Oliver Letwin, a senior Conservative MP, have been rallying support for a proposal that would force the government to hand power to parliament if no UK-EU withdrawal deal has been approved by March 13.
Under the proposal, which is set to be tabled as an amendment on Wednesday, the government would be legally obliged to offer MPs the option of requesting an extension in the Article 50 exit process beyond March 29.
Brexit-backing backbencher John Mann said the decision to endorse a so-called „People’s Vote“ would infuriate Leave supporters in the Midlands and north of England.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday evening, the Bassetlaw MP told Mr Corbyn: „This decision will stop you being Prime Minister.“
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BBC News – Labour prepared to back new Brexit referendum
Überraschende Wende im Brexit-Streit: Die britische Labour-Partei stellt sich hinter die Forderung nach einem zweiten Referendum. Das galt in der Oppositionspartei bislang nur als „letztes Mittel“.
According to Owen Smith, Corbyn was asked 23 times if in a future referendum he would want Remain to be an option on the ballot paper. Corbyn declined to answer. Matters weren’t helped by a late night vote which meant the meeting came to an abrupt end. However, a briefing note has since been circulated among Labour MPs suggesting Remain would be on the ballot paper in the event of a second referendum.
If Jeremy Corbyn is about to win lots of new friends as a result of his announcement that he could, after all, back another referendum on Brexit, he also risks making a lot of his core voters very unhappy indeed.
The shadow foreign secretary said Labour’s second referendum bid should be a choice between Theresa May’s Brexit deal or remaining in the EU.
Emily Thornberry added that in the event there was another vote, she would campaign for Remain.
Backing a second referendum is one betrayal too many.
Theresa May is considering a plan to delay Brexit and stop the U.K. leaving the European Union with no deal next month, according to people familiar with the situation.
The prime minister is expected to allow her Cabinet to discuss extending the deadline beyond March 29 at a crunch meeting on Tuesday, one of the people said.
Labour have announced they will back a second referendum on Britain’s EU exit to prevent a „damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country“.
The clue is in the name. Only their acquired independence from Corbyn truly unites them — otherwise, what is there? It is true that all seven are, to greater or lesser degrees, pro-Remain and in favour of a second referendum. But that disposition scarcely distinguishes them in a House of Commons already sizeably (by about two-thirds) pro-Remain: it is therefore a scant selling point. Why not join the Lib Dems, if that is your chief opposition to Corbyn?
Consensus is emerging within the Parliamentary Labour Party, however, around Jeremy’s proposal for an EU-wide customs union. This would include a customs-union code and a common external tariff. But this proposal needs closer scrutiny.
If this position were to be adopted, the UK would not be able to develop an independent trade policy after Brexit, as doing so would be illegal under the Treaty of Rome. The UK would not have taken back control of its trade. Our capacity to trade would be regulated and controlled by an authority over which we would have no control, influence or rights.
In a letter to the Labour leader, the Prime Minister did not rule out Mr Corbyn’s demand for a „permanent“ customs union although she said it would present a „negotiating challenge“.
She also agreed to talks on Mr Corbyn’s call for „close alignment“ with the Single Market, as well as committing to asking Parliament if it wishes to follow EU rules on workers‘ rights and environment standards.