Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

12 July, 2018, 20:26 | Author: Myra Gill
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Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer insisted that Labour would not take the option of a second referendum off the table if Parliament votes down a Brexit deal or the United Kingdom fails to reach agreement with Brussels.

Mr Watson said: "It is highly, highly, highly unlikely we would support a people's vote but we haven't taken that off the table because there are a rare set of circumstances where Parliament just can't make a decision".

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said Theresa May is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal given the departure of three of her ministers, Boris Johnson, David Davis and Stephen Baker in the space of 24 hours.

Corbyn said it is clear that "this government is not capable of securing a deal to protect the economy, jobs and living standards", and that it "cannot secure a good deal for Britain". "It's time for the Labour party to give up the idea of a second referendum".

Johnson resigned as foreign secretary in protest at May's Brexit trade deal which proposes that the United Kingdom continues to follow European Union regulations in return for a free trade agreement.


"If the Government plans to get the Chequers deal through on the back of Labour Party votes that would be the most divisive thing you could do".

He said the UK's best interests and the best economic interests are "not the same thing" and the referendum result had to be respected.

Labour peer and former European Union commissioner Lord Mandelson said the party should explicitly commit to a second vote.

Labour today demanded Theresa May and her Government stand aside claiming she has lost control of Brexit and her own authority.

May categorically said she won't commit to a second vote "because the British people voted, made their choices and want their government to deliver..."

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