Bearing in mind that the Brexit’s second referendum is, “an option for the future” but “not an option for today”, Jeremy Corbyn seem to decline his support to the deal
Jeremy Corbyn, has confirmed his party’s vote against the Brexit second referendum. Initially framed by UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, the agreement promised to “deliver the Brexit that the British people voted for”.
Jeremy Corbyn stated his disapproval on UK’s relationship with the EU, commenting that Labour “couldn’t stop” Brexit, because of the minor seat influence, in the parliament. The Labour leader believes that majority of Parliament would probably support the customs arrangements, with the European Union.
To her decision being opposed, May said that “ousting her would not make it easier to deliver Brexit.” In a critical debate with the Commons, she added’ “The Brexit talks are not about my interests. They are about the national interest – and the interests of the whole of our United Kingdom.”
Jeremy Corbyn stated his skepticism about the second referendum questioning “It’s an option for the future, but it’s not an option for today, because if we had a referendum tomorrow, what it is going to be on? What’s the question going to be?”
When asked if “no Brexit is better than no deal”, he said: “I don’t think that’s an option we’re going to be given.” Labour claims the current deal fails Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer pre-specified standards. Speaking in the House of Commons, he delivered “After two years of bungled negotiations, the Government has produced a botched deal that breaches the prime minister’s own red lines and does not meet our six tests.”
When reasoned about his disapproval, Corbyn thought the deal was a “one-way agreement” where the EU “calls all the shots”.
He said his casting vote would be against the deal, “We’ll vote against this deal because it doesn’t meet our tests. We don’t believe it serves the interest of this country, therefore the government have to go back to the EU and renegotiate rapidly.”
Brexit First referendum
A referendum – a vote in which nearly every citizen can vote – was conducted in 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. The withdrawal was termed Brexit (combining British and Exit). Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with the voting count being more than 30 million.