Friday, 20 September, 2019

Labour plots Brexit betrayal referendum: Tom Watson declares vote 'no longer valid'

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Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 12:00

The UK prime minister chose to send MPs home through October 14, but first tried to call a snap election to ensure his parliamentary majority, but the House of Commons twice opposed that proposal.

Mr Corbyn's comments came as a cross-party groups of MPs said there was still time to pass a Brexit deal in Parliament with a "sizeable voice building across the House" to be given the opportunity to achieve it.

Although the debate ended without a vote and was not attended by the Prime Minister it was targeting, the session had been called by Labour MPs alarmed at the possibility the Prime Minister might find a way around a law they had passed to ban a full Brexit, forcing the nation to delay its withdrawal from the European Union once again.

Mr Corbyn will meet unions later.

This is undoubtedly correct, and a barnstorming speech in which the Labour leader welcomed attacks by the Financial Times (which sniffed that his party was "determined to shift power away from bosses and landlords and to workers and tenants") and vowed to "unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen" marks a welcome shift from the parliamentary games in which Labour has been complicit in recent weeks. "A general election might well fail to solve this Brexit chaos", Watson will say.

But Mr Johnson later dismissed as a "load of nonsense" accusations that suspending Parliament is "anti-democratic", insisting it was necessary to prorogue before the Queen's Speech.

Mr Corbyn recommitted to a second referendum on Brexit, which he said would include a "credible option to Leave" as well as Remain.

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"Elections should never be single issue campaigns", he will say, suggesting vital issues such as the future of the NHS, economic inequality and crime will be "drowned out" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "do or die" Brexit message. Labour are operating anxious of an election and only provide more dither and pointless delay.

He will say: "The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum". "Amber Rudd's resignation confirmed that the government is not serious about trying to get a deal in Brussels".

He will say: "Prime Minister Johnson now thinks that by shutting down parliament he will shut us up".

"So a general election is coming".

He also accused the PM of cosying up to President Donald Trump to get a "one-sided" trade deal with the USA which would damage employment rights, the NHS and United Kingdom industry.

Some members of the shadow cabinet, including Emily Thornberry and John McDonnell, have already made clear they would campaign to remain in a referendum, whatever deal Labour was able to secure from the EU27.

Last night, Vaughan Gething took to Twitter to say that the ambiguous position would hurt the party going into an expected General Election in October or November.