Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Corbyn’

Labour open to PM no-confidence vote if Brexit deal voted down

Sir Keir Starmer tells PLP the party is ready to push for early general election if necessary

Labour will consider calling for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government if her Brexit deal is voted down and it appears the UK is at risk of crashing out of the EU without a deal, the party’s Brexit spokesman has said.

Sir Keir Starmer told members of Labour’s parliamentary party on Monday night he was confident parliament would be able to prevent a no-deal scenario, and if necessary the opposition would stage a vote to call for an early election.

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CBI gets applause in early for isolated May | John Crace

A warm welcome, a dash for the exit, then the other half of the lack-of-power couple

Seconds out, round … frankly, who cares? Everyone’s either lost count or, if they’re lucky, lost the will to live. The latest episode in the ongoing Brexit psychodrama, Who’s Afraid of the ERG?, featuring Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn as the self-harming, lack-of-power couple united in their inability to utter a coherent sentence, took place at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London. No one was holding their breath for a meaningful resolution.

The prime minister did go into the day as the home-crowd favourite. Having initially declared that any form of Brexit would be damaging for business, the CBI has recently rather rolled over. Faced with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, it has come to the conclusion that the prime minister’s bad deal is the only game in town. Rather than campaign for what it really wants, it has taken the easy option of the certainty of everything being worse than it currently is but not as crap as it might be.

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The Guardian view on Brexit chaos: a threat to break up Britain | Editorial

Leavers claim Britain’s future lies in going it alone. Not if the country ends up in bits

The United Kingdom has a sweet deal with the EU, enjoying more of the benefits and suffering less of the burdens of membership. This country is outside the euro, is not part of the Schengen border-free area and gets a hefty rebate from the EU budget. Britain’s influence and standing was the reason we have such a good bargain. That ended when this country voted to leave the EU in 2016. This was a self-inflicted blow of historic proportions, enabled by preening fantasists who peddled falsehoods. However, as the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU continue to be unveiled, deluded politicians face moments of pure clarity. Brexiters are shocked to discover what was obvious all along: there is no easy, cost-free way for the UK to leave the EU. Theresa May’s blueprint sees Britain being out of Europe but run by it for at least two years. This will be followed by a future partnership negotiated by trading immigration control for access to European markets. It was the prime minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, who nailed our predicament back in 2016: “Before, they were in and they had many opt-outs; now they want to be out with many opt-ins.”

The EU and UK must take a clear view of their near-term goals, but also of their long-run interests and interdependences. Brussels says Britain will not be allowed to pick and choose at will policies that it wants to participate in or abstain from. Yet it is clear that the EU cannot be too absolutist. Mrs May’s plans are unlikely to pass the Commons. Labour’s analysis of her proposal has the virtue of throwing into sharp relief its faults. But Jeremy Corbyn has no roadmap out of the impasse. Few things are certain in this process. However, it is likely that the next two years of Britain’s life outside the EU will see this country subject to the vast majority of EU laws, but with no say in Brussels. This is the “vassalage” that is a necessary stepping stone out of the EU. While in this state, it is worth asking: what if Donald Trump chose to restart trade wars with Brussels? The UK would have to follow the EU’s lead, applying sanctions and tariffs that might suit the continent’s economy, but leave ours exposed to retaliation. It might force Britain to choose between allies and friends. Given that the current occupant of the White House sees loyalty tests as a foreign policy tool, this is a plausible and disturbing scenario that renders laughable the proposition that with Brexit this country recovers a long-lost sovereignty.

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Sarah Wollaston pushes for MPs’ vote on second Brexit referendum

Tory MP to put down ‘doctors’ amendment’ and hopes to persuade Corbyn to back it

Sarah Wollaston and three other MPs with medical backgrounds are to put down an amendment to the meaningful final Brexit vote, calling for a second referendum in which remain is an option on the ballot paper.

The Conservative MP wants parliament to vote on holding another referendum as soon as possible and hopes to put pressure on the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and his frontbench to “come off the fence” and support a further public vote.

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Brexit: UK open to option of extending transition for another two years, Clark says – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happening, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the CBI conference

There was a time, remember, when the government refused to concede that there would have to be a transition period after Brexit at all. It was not until the Lancaster House speech in January 2017 that Theresa May started talking about one, but even then she was referring to “phased process of implementation”, suggesting that in some policy areas the transition could end “very quickly”.

By the time of the Florence speech later that year, May had accepted the case for a transition lasting roughly two years. That became the 21-month transition, meaning the UK will in practice be a non-voting member of the EU until December 2020.

Related: Brexit transition could be extended to 2022, says Barnier

Yes. And, again, businesses, especially small businesses, have said very clearly that they would much prefer to have one change rather than have to change systems twice, to two different regimes. And if it’s a matter of a few weeks or months to meet the final negotiation ...

It would be at our request, and that would be a maximum period. But it would be for this purpose; it would be if the negotiations are making good progress but haven’’t quite been finalised, to have the option - and it would be an option for us, if there is value in having the option - rather than going in for a temporary period into the backstop, and having a second change, to have the option, if we wanted, if the UK wanted, to extend the transition.

The point is, to have the option. If we have the option, we don’t have to choose it. My strongest preference is clearly to complete the negotiation ...

The point is, it would be our discretion, purely for us if we wanted to.

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Jeremy Corbyn to set out Labour alternative to PM’s Brexit plan

Corbyn will tell business leaders a ‘good Brexit plan’ must include ‘radical programme of investment and real change’

Jeremy Corbyn will set out Labour’s “good Brexit plan” on Monday, saying that leaving the European Union must be the catalyst for a “radical programme of investment and real change” as the party steps up efforts to show it has an alternative to Theresa May’s approach.

Speaking to business leaders at the CBI’s annual conference in London, which will also be addressed by the prime minister, Corbyn will claim May’s deal, published last week, would “leave the country in an indefinite halfway house without a real say over our future”.

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Labour knuckles down but knows ‘stop Tory Brexit’ not enough | Heather Stewart

Party conscious it needs to do more than sit back and watch Conservatives fail

Jeremy Corbyn’s team were cheered by the weekend’s polls, which showed voters seem prepared to punish the Conservatives for the internecine squabble over Brexit that has dominated the headlines.

They now plan to spend the next fortnight or so, before May’s deal comes before the Commons (if her own MPs allow her to get that far), explaining why they reject her approach.

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