Jeremy Corbyn has written to the prime minister, offering to throw Labour’s support behind her Brexit deal if she makes five legally binding commitments – including joining a customs union. The Labour leader held private talks with Theresa May last week for the first time since her deal was rejected by a historic margin of 230 votes in January. In a follow-up letter sent on Wednesday, he laid out in the clearest terms yet what commitments he is seeking in exchange for offering Labour support. His intervention will dismay backbench Labour MPs and grassroots activists still hoping he will switch the party’s policy towards demanding a second Brexit referendum – which is not mentioned in the letter. And it comes as No 10 prepares to publish legislation underpinning workers’ rights, perhaps as early as next week, in an attempt to win support from Labour backbenchers. In his letter, Corbyn calls for the government to rework the political declaration setting the … [Read more...] about Corbyn lays out Labour’s terms for backing May on Brexit
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What really gets to Jeremy Corbyn is the lies Boris Johnson peddles about how the Labour leader will make Britain less safe. The PM’s latest fabrication is the claim that our security allies - the so-called Five Eyes nations of America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand who share the most sensitive intelligence - have expressed concerns about a Corbyn premiership. “They’ve never expressed them to me,” says Mr Corbyn. “This is another example of Boris Johnson ’s vivid and very inaccurate imagination. “When he was Foreign Secretary the endless rude remarks he made about people and his inability to conduct himself in diplomatic language was a greater problem than anything else. “I want to work with other countries to bring about a more secure world.” This is unlike Jeremy Corbyn . He never makes personal attacks on political enemies. He didn’t have a bad word for Theresa May . But for Johnson he makes an exception. The Labour … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn interview: Labour leader on national security, Prince Andrew and Boris Johnson’s lies
It’s early on a Saturday morning, but people can barely squeeze through the door of Mansfield Gas Sports & Social Club. Older Labour activists sit in groups and call out to each other. One, wearing his miner’s hat, makes small talk with a smattering of student first-timers. It’s the first of Momentum’s “unseat days”, where the Labour grassroots movement trains local activists to campaign against high-profile Conservative MPs. The day’s target is Ben Bradley, Mansfield’s first Tory MP since the seat’s creation in 1885. Since 2015, more than 350 new members have joined Labour in Mansfield, more than doubling its numbers. But Mansfield’s election result tells a different story to many other parts of the country. In the EU referendum more than 70% of voters in the east Midlands town voted to leave and it was heavily targeted by the Conservatives in 2017. Labour MPs in nearby seats saw similar problems, no matter what wing of … [Read more...] about It’s pro-Brexit and Corbyn-wary – so can Momentum help Labour win back Mansfield?
Labour has denied it would automatically move to back a second referendum if Theresa May rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s offer of support for a revised Brexit deal, despite a shadow minister suggesting that would be the next step. The shadow Brexit minister, Matthew Pennycook, said that if the government rejected the offer from Corbyn, made in a letter to the prime minister on Wednesday night, the party would have “no other credible options” but to back another public vote. Labour sources denied it was the party’s official position but said the option of a public vote was still on the table, as per the policy agreed at the party’s conference. Corbyn is expected to move to reassure party members after the letter he sent to the prime minister sparked an angry backlash from some backbenchers and party members. In his letter to the prime minister, Corbyn called for the government to rework the political declaration with the EU to offer five commitments, including … [Read more...] about Labour denies second vote is next step if PM rejects Corbyn’s Brexit letter
Boris Johnson has claimed a leaked Treasury document about checks on the Northern Ireland border is "wrong".Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn obtained the document, claiming it proves there will be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit.Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr Johnson said: "[This deal] allows the whole of the UK to come out of the EU including Northern Ireland and the only checks that there would be, would be if something was coming from GB via Northern Ireland and was going on to the Republic, then there might be checks at the border into Northern Ireland."Pressed on the document talking about "checks both ways", he said "that's wrong because there won't be checks".Answering a question about whether the document was wrong, he said: "Yes. Because there's no question of there being checks on goods going NI/GB or GB/NI because they are part of - if you look at what the deal is, we're part of the same customs territory and it's very clear that … [Read more...] about General election: Leaked Treasury document ‘wrong’ on Brexit checks, Boris Johnson claims