Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Corbyn’

Jeremy Corbyn says he ‘won’t support new attempt at Brexit deal’ – video

The Labour leader has given a robust defence of his party's decision to try to appeal to both leavers and remainers in this week’s European elections. Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, he said a referendum was an option, insisting: 'If there’s any future public vote, it has to be on the basis of some credible option. At the moment, there is no credible option, because parliament has not agreed on anything.' After negotiations between Corbyn’s team and the government broke down last week, Theresa May plans to give MPs a fourth vote on her Brexit deal in early June.

Corbyn defends Labour's bid for both leavers and remainers

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Corbyn defends Labour’s bid for both leavers and remainers

Polls suggest his party could be squeezed into third place in the European elections

Jeremy Corbyn has given a robust defence of Labour’s decision to try to appeal to both leavers and remainers in this Thursday’s European elections.

With an Observer poll suggesting Labour could be squeezed into third position behind Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and the pro-remain Liberal Democrats, Corbyn said he still wanted to bring the two sides of the Brexit divide together.

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The middle ground no longer exists over Brexit. It’s all or nothing now | Andrew Rawnsley

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn’s negotiations were always doomed but not for the obvious reasons

The collapse of the Tory-Labour Brexit talks surprised Westminster as much as did the news that bears conduct their ablutions in forested areas and Boris Johnson is interested in becoming prime minister. A question worth investigating, because it illuminates where we are now, how we got here and where we are heading, is whether that failure was inevitable. Was this bizarre and ultimately fruitless chapter of the Brexit saga never anything but a protracted charade? Was the inability to broker a compromise always written in the stars? Or could different actors have found a way to release Britain from its long national nightmare?

Many believe that these talks, the last resort of an enfeebled prime minister, were fated to fail. One senior figure involved in the six weeks of negotiations speaks as if describing a doomed relationship: “It was always going to end this way.”

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The Observer view on the European elections | Observer editorial

Europhiles should ignore Labour and vote for a Remain party

This Thursday, voters face an important choice. It’s not the choice they deserve: whether to approve or reject the Brexit deal Theresa May has negotiated on their behalf. But it is the most important opportunity yet to send a clear message to our political leaders that the gridlock, the lacklustre leadership and the general sense of malaise that have infected Westminster since 2016 just isn’t good enough.

For months, people have been denied their say, despite the prolonged parliamentary stalemate and the knots in which both main parties have tied themselves over Brexit. These European elections should not be treated as a proxy referendum: there is no distinct question being put to the public and turnout will probably be much lower than in a general election or referendum. But they are a precious chance for those who share the Observer’s view that Brexit would be an unmitigated disaster to show Labour and the Conservatives exactly what they think of their takeaway from the dire local election results earlier this month – that, somehow, voters who defected to the Lib Dems and Greens were just telling politicians to get on with Brexit.

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Is there a single blue-rinse Tory who doesn’t fancy a knee-trembler with Boris Johnson? | Marina Hyde

The leadership candidate is said to connect with people emotionally. But his only genuine emotion is self-love

I wouldn’t kiss you if you were the last man on Earth!” It’s one of the great cliches of romance novels that any woman saying this will, in due course, be doing just that. Maybe it’ll be a hate-kiss in the hayloft above the stables; maybe it’ll be a momentary lapse just after he’s rescued her from a predatory ranch hand. But you can absolutely bet on it: she’s going to be “sharing herself” with this man within 100 pages. The Tory parliamentary party’s relationship with Boris Johnson is the hardcore porn version of this.

Related: Boris Johnson confirms he will bid for Tory leadership

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Brexit: No 10 refuses to rule out holding indicative votes on Brexit next week – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

Related: Cross-party Brexit talks have collapsed – so what happens now?

David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, has not ruled out his party revisiting Brexit talks with the Labour party. Speaking on a visit to Northern Ireland, he said:

The prime minister and Jeremy Corbyn have both said today that they are willing to explore any ideas that there are to overcome the remaining differences, and I think both leaders have said the talks, though we have not so far been successful, have been serious and constructive, both sides have entered into them into them in a genuine spirit, and so let’s see what happens.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to Theresa May: what he wrote and what he meant

We read between the lines of the Labour leader’s take on the abortive Brexit talks

Brexit talks between the government and the Labour party have collapsed after Jeremy Corbyn wrote to the prime minister to say they had “gone as far as they can”.

The Guardian’s political editor, Heather Stewart, explains what the Labour leader’s letter said, and what he meant:

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