In a letter to the different parties, Mr Corbyn pledged to take Labour into an election, which he claimed would give voters an option to remain in
In a letter to the different parties, Mr Corbyn pledged to take Labour into an election, which he claimed would give voters an option to remain in the EU. However, Mr Corbyn’s commitment was rejected by the other opposition parties with Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson calling it “nonsense”. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said Labour must do more to secure a fresh vote and SNP leader Ian Blackford said Mr Corbyn “needs to get of the fence on Brexit”.
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said: “Jeremy Corbyn is not the person who is going to be able to build an even temporary majority in the House of Commons for this task – I would expect there are people in his own party and indeed the necessary Conservative backbenchers who would be unwilling to support him. It is a nonsense.”
Ms Swinson added: “This letter is just more red lines that are about him and his position and is not a serious attempt to find the right solution and build a consensus to stop a no-deal Brexit.
“I am committed to working in a credible way with those in other parties, and none, across Parliament to stop a no-deal Brexit and will set out how that could work in my speech tomorrow.”
The Labour leader’s plans of delaying Brexit further by securing an extension to the Article 50 process were outlined in the letter to Westminster’s opposition leaders and key Tory rebels, including Dominic Grieve and Sir Oliver Letwin.
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7:59am update: MP Dominic Grieve has called Corbyn’s letter “very limited”.
Former attorney general Mr Grieve said: “It’s a suggestion the duration of the government would be for the length of time necessary to get an extension of article 50 and hold a general election. It’s very limited it’s scope”