Jeremy Corbyn accuses May of 'ducking scrutiny' on Brexit

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2019

MPs will today begin a five-day debate of Theresa May's Brexit deal ahead of the crucial vote on January 15.

Theresa May this morning warned a second referendum would be "disrespecting" people who voted for Brexit.

"I think some people within the People's Vote movement seem to think that their objective is to slap the Labour Party around", the shadow foreign secretary said.

"A government that can not get its business through the House of Commons is no government at all".

But Jeremy Corbyn has come under pressure to throw his weight behind a referendum if Labour can not force an early election.

"To break the deadlock, an election is not only the most practical option, it is also the most democratic option", Corbyn will say. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Mr Corbyn has said that Labour's preferred option to deal with the Brexit situation is to force a general election, but the Labour leader has insisted that all options remain on the table.

The Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, but the British Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling very hard to get her Brexit deal passed through the parliament with opening huge uncertainty over whether the deal could be possible or not, or even whether the country will vote to leave at all.

However, the source pointed out manifesto policies would be decided by Labour's "internal party democracy".

Britons would vote against Brexit in a second referendum if it were held immediately, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by an organization pushing for a new referendum.

Labour's Jo Stevens on behalf of the People's Vote campaign, pointed out how polling suggested that if the party went into a general election on a pro-Brexit platform, the result could be "catastrophic"; an electoral reverse that would rival the party's historic defeats of 1931 and 1983 in scale and depth.

Preparations for leaving without a deal - the default scenario if Mrs May's agreement is rejected - have been ramped up, with government and businesses activating and testing contingency plans created to limit the expected disruption.

The visit has prompted speculation Mr Abe has been flown in to bolster global support for the prime minister's Brexit agreement.

More than 100 Conservative MPs have said they will vote with the opposition to torpedo the deal, largely due to concerns over the backstop element of the agreement.

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