Brexit: Corbyn Challenges May To Recall Parliament Early Over Critical Vote
UK’s Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged Prime Minister Theresa May to cut short the Christmas recess and recall parliament early in the New Year in order to bring forward a critical vote on the Brexit deal.
In an interview with The Independent, Corbyn said he believed May and her allies were engaged in a “cynical maneuver” to run down the clock and offer MPs the “choice of the devil or the deep blue sea”.
His remarks came as the Commons prepares to vote on the UK-EU deal in the week beginning 14 January – in what is being billed as the most significant moment in parliament for a generation.
With just 91 days remaining until Britain formally leaves the European Union, Corbyn also reiterated it is a matter of “when, not if” Labor attempts to force a general election by tabling a motion of no confidence in the government, which he signaled will come in the aftermath of May’s deal failing to receive MPs’ backing.
Corbyn, however, refused to be drawn on whether a Labor government would seek to extend Article 50, given that just weeks would remain for any renegotiation of Britain’s exit from the bloc, and claimed: “Lots of things are possible, the EU has long form on reopening and extending negotiations, but let’s not jump too many hoops when we haven’t arrived at them.”
Source: The Independent, Edited by website team