Brexit: Corbyn 'walked out of meeting' because Chuku Umunna was there

Marco Green
March 21, 2019

"It is now time for MPs to decide", she said, explaining she had written to Tusk to request a short delay to Brexit until June 30th, time for MPs to decide what they want to do.

The Downing Street address was meant to persuade Brexiteer Tories, Labour rebels and the DUP to back her deal - after the European Union said it would only grant a short delay to Article 50 if the Prime Minister can win a vote on her plan before next Friday. You are tired of the infighting, you're tired of the political games and the arcane procedural rows, tired of MPs talking about nothing else but Brexit when you have real concerns about our children's schools, our National Health Service, knife crime.

Might the Prime Minister's press team worry that like the boy who cries wolf, by the time she does have something remarkable to tell the nation the voters will have tuned out totally?

The PM told the waiting cameras: "I'm sure you, the public, have had enough..."

The point was reiterated by Peter Bone MP during Prime Minister's Questions, who said she would be "betraying" the public after pledging 108 times that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union on time. Mr Corbyn insisted he wanted to reach an agreement with the European Union before the March 29 deadline and to find "a way forward" for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the bloc.

The Northern Irish party's Brexit spokesman said there was "no pressure on me or my party to vote for this deal" as the Prime Minister headed to Brussels.

Chris Leslie, a member of the Independent Group, described Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to engage in talks as "astonishing" and "petty".

"This isn't Mean Girls". We don't yet know the exact wording of her letter to Donald Tusk, but it is expected that she'll be asking for a few months' delay at most, allowing the United Kingdom to avoid European parliamentary elections - and, more importantly, allowing the Prime Minister to cling on to office just a little longer.

The Labour leader is said to have refused to take part in the opposition party talks because members of the breakaway Independent Group were present, according to other leaders.

Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson, who is tipped to become Sir Vince Cable's replacement as leader, said the incident was "sad" and "depressing".

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of being juvenile after he walked out of a meeting with Theresa May and other opposition leaders.

They said that if the Commons was unable to agree a way forward they would be prepared "as a last resort" to take steps to secure a vote on revoking the Article 50 withdrawal process altogether.

"Parliament should now sit in continuous session until it can reach a decision and set out a clear plan.

She was expressing her frustration and the public's frustration" - but added: "I don't think we should all make this about Theresa May". "We do believe we can construct a majority which will prevent the crashing out and all the chaos that will come from crashing out, and that is what we are absolutely focused on".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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