Jeremy Corbyn today faced a showdown with Labour MPs calling for the party to pull out of “toxic” Brexit talks with the Government within days. They warned of “fury” among MPs and Labour members over the cross-party negotiations, which were branded a “millstone around the necks” of the party’s candidates for the European elections in less than two weeks’ time. Labour MPs believe the Government is not serious about making concessions to strike a deal on quitting the EU and that the talks are being used by No 10 to keep Theresa May on political “life support”. Another round of negotiations are planned for next week, but Labour MPs are to demand an end to the talks at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday. Former shadow cabinet member Mary Creagh told the Evening Standard: “Our members and voters are furious with these talks, which have done nothing except keep the Prime Minister in office and depress … [Read more...] about Labour MPs tell Corbyn: Pull plug on Brexit talks with May
Jeremy Corbyn today accused senior Tory MPs of jockeying to succeed Theresa May rather than seeking a Brexit deal with Labour — fuelling the belief that the cross-party negotiations are on the brink of collapse. Launching his party’s campaign for the European elections in Medway, Kent, the Labour leader said: “So far in those talks there has been no big offer and the red lines remain. “It’s difficult negotiating with a disintegrating Government with Cabinet ministers jockeying for the succession, rather than working for an agreement.” A Labour source added: “Imagine our negotiating team’s frustration as almost every time they go in for good faith talks, the noises from Tory leadership contenders threaten to sabotage the whole process.” Party sources highlighted Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s warning to Mrs May that she risks losing support from more Tory MPs than she would gain from Labour if she backed staying in … [Read more...] about Corbyn: Tories jockeying for May’s job are stalling Brexit talks
Many Remainers accuse Jeremy Corbyn of resisting a clear promise of a new referendum because he is trying to get Britain out of the EU. I don’t think this is right. If the only thing the Labour leader cared about was leaving the EU, it would have happened by now. Corbyn may be a longstanding Eurosceptic, but that is not the reason he engineered today’s fudge at Labour’s national executive committee meeting. I suspect that he cares much more about getting to No 10, and that Seumas Milne, his director of strategy, thinks that emphatic support for another referendum would make it harder for Labour to get into government. Corbyn backed Remain in the 2016 referendum, after all, because it was in his political interest to do so. He was unenthusiastic about it, just as he is unenthusiastic about a second referendum now – because he is trying to hold together a coalition of Remain and Leave voters. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why Corbyn refuses to back a Final Say referendum
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn is a longtime Euro-sceptic who has played his cards close to his chest regarding Brexit. But will Corbyn support Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan. What did Jeremy Corbyn say in his letter to Theresa May? Corbyn sent the PM a letter on February 6 outlining exactly how the Labour Party will support May. The Labour leader made it clear that her modifications to the Northern Irish backstop are not enough to win his party’s support. He told her that if she makes these five legally-binding commitments that Labour will support her. The commitments are: A customs union that would include a say in future trade deals Being closely aligned with the single market Having UK standards on rights and protections similar to the EU Clear commitments on the UK’s future participation in EU agencies and funding programmes Cemented agreements on future security agreements with the UK Will Labour support Theresa May if she agrees to these terms? It is … [Read more...] about Will Labour back Theresa May on Brexit and what came of the Labour’s NEC Brexit meeting?
There are, potentially, reasons that Leon Trotsky came up with a thing called “entryism”, and chose to leave “exitism” uninvented, at least until now. Entryism is the kind of thing that can allow a curious cabal of hard left weirdos to transform one of Britain’s two major political parties into a Jew-hating troll farm with personality cult attached, and still look like winning the next general election. Exitism, on the other hand, would appear to be the kind of a thing that can lead a curious cabal of ex Tory and ex Labour MPs, and a handful of medium fish from the small Remain Twitter pond to set up an explicitly pro-Remain political party with two names and a redacted zebra crossing for a logo, and still somehow end up less popular in pro-Remain London than Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe … [Read more...] about Sketch: Labour’s Brexit policy is as deliberately clear as the rules of Mornington Crescent