Corbyn reiterates Labour will reject UK Brexit deal with EU
Britain’s opposition Labour Party in the UK Parliament will reject the Brexit agreement reached with the European Union, its leader Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated, calling it a “bad deal” for the country.
Corbyn said on Sunday his party was positive that the Brexit deal finalized in an EU summit on Sunday will not ensure the interests of the British people and should be voted down when it comes for approval in Parliament in December.
“This is a bad deal for the country. It is the result of a miserable failure of negotiation that leaves us with the worst of all worlds. It gives us less say over our future, and puts jobs and living standards at risk,” Corbyn said in a statement.
“That is why Labour will oppose this deal in parliament. We will work with others to block a no deal outcome, and ensure that Labour’s alternative plan for a sensible deal to bring the country together is on the table.”
The Labour leader said, however, that his party will work with others in Parliament to prevent a highly-feared situation in which Britain would leave the EU on March 29, 2019, without a deal.
“We will work with others to block a no deal outcome, and ensure that Labour’s alternative plan for a sensible deal to bring the country together is on the table,” said Corbyn.
EU leaders on Sunday approved an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, warning that renegotiation was not an option even if the British Parliament rejects it.
A rejection of Brexit deal in the House of Commons could lead to different scenarios, including a government call for snap elections, which could give the Labour the chance to rise to power and take responsibility for a new round of Brexit negotiations.
However, EU leaders insisted after the summit on Sunday that there were no chances for a renegotiation of the Brexit agreement, saying that the deal reached with British Prime Minister Theresa May over the course of the past two years was the best and only solution available.
It is not only the Labour that is critical of the current Brexit agreement. Senior figures in May’s Conservative Party as well as Scottish and Irish parties have announced that they will reject the deal, each citing their own reasons.
May said last week after unveiling a draft of the deal in the parliament that some politicians like Corbyn did not care about national interests and were playing “party politics” with the the dispute over the Brexit agreement.