Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

Corbyn warns Prime Minister: General election is coming

Corbyn warns Prime Minister: General election is coming

The left-wing rebel told Parliament, as he was chided by former colleagues for his comments, that: "I think it's absolutely incredible [Labour] lecturing anybody else about observing the rule of law... the leader of the opposition, the shadow chancellor, who have spent their entire time in politics defending all sorts of extremists and in some cases terrorists and antisemites".

The party opposes a no-deal Brexit and has promised another referendum on any deal for leaving the EU.

While Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has persistently called for a general election in recent years, and particularly since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister - accusing him of having no electoral mandate - he quickly changed his mind when the PM agreed there should be a snap vote last week, deciding that now was not the time.

Labour's manifesto will, however, promise to reach a better Brexit deal, but not then to campaign for accepting that deal.

If there is a general election before a referendum, he will say, "I will be arguing that our position going into that election should be totally clear - we must unambiguously and unequivocally back remain".

He will say: "The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum".

Mr Watson will say that once parliament resumes in October, its first priority must be to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Mann said a "huge swathe of voters" would feel deserted by the party if Mr Corbyn backed the 48 per cent of voters who opted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

"My experience on the doorstep tells me most of those who've deserted us over our Brexit policy did so with deep regret and would greatly prefer to come back", he will add. "And in that election we will commit to a public vote with a credible option to leave and the option to remain".

"We are ready for that election, we are ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen in this country and in this movement", he stated. Now Labour insists there should only be a vote if the number of potential outcomes are limited, preventing the British people from voting in a government the Labour leadership considers unacceptable.

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.

"So a general election is coming".

Corbyn also stressed Labour's plan to give workers a third of seats on company boards, and pledged to create a Workers Protection Agency to enforce rights, standards and protections at work and introduce sectoral collective bargaining to set industry-wide minimum standards.

Independent MPs Ivan Lewis and Ian Austin who both resigned from Labour citing antisemitism claims tore into Jeremy Corbyn on Monday over racism.

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