Jeremy Corbyn to hold Brexit talks with EU leaders

Jeremy Corbyn will travel to Brussels to hold talks with EU leaders in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit. However, he has said that he will not be discussing a second referendum.

Corbyn will hold these talks less than 24 hours after Theresa May’s latest meeting with President Jean-Claude Juncker, in which they describe discussions as “constructive”.

The Labour party leader will also meet the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Secretary General Martin Selmayr and the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt.

Corbyn has said that he plans to discuss options for breaking the Brexit deadlock and to make clear to the Brussels team that there is no majority in the Commons for a no-deal outcome.

Accompanied by the Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti and the Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, he said they will discuss Labour’s proposals for finding a way through the Brexit deadlock.

“The Conservative government is running down the clock in an attempt to blackmail parliament into accepting Theresa May’s bad deal over a chaotic no-deal.

“We are saying loud and clear that there is no majority for no-deal, and Labour will be working with politicians across the house to prevent a no-deal outcome which would be so damaging to our economy and communities.

“Labour respects the result of the referendum, but we do not support the Prime Minister’s damaging approach which is focused more on appeasing factions of her party than finding a sensible solution that works for the whole country.

“With just 37 days until Brexit, Theresa May must accept that her historic defeats in parliament and complete failure to reach a new deal mean her approach has failed.

“She should abandon her damaging red lines and finally work with Labour to reach a deal which works for our country.”

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