May calls for businesses to invest in post-Brexit UK

May calls for businesses to invest in post-Brexit UK

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn will warn the EU's Brexit chief Michel Barnier of the dangers of a "no deal" Brexit when he visits Brussels on Thursday (27 September), his party said.

But if a deal is struck, perhaps then or perhaps at an expected extraordinary summit in mid-November, then it would have to be approved by both the British and European Union parliaments.

Heading a minority government, shored up by the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs from Northern Ireland, May's strongest card is that if her own members vote it down, the alternative is a possible landslide win for Corbyn and Labor in a general election.

May says she will press on with her proposals, and branded Labour's intention to vote against any agreement that falls short of its demands as "not in the national interest".

There was confusion over Labour's stance on a second European Union referendum after the shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer made an unscripted commitment in a speech that "nobody is ruling out Remain as an option" on the ballot paper.

More than 100 constituency parties tabled motions calling for a second referendum, and thousands of People's Vote supporters marched through Liverpool to intensify pressure on Mr Corbyn.


"We represent the new common sense of our time", he told the party faithful who punctuated his speech with standing ovations.

Starmer said Labour preferred the uncertainty to be settled in a general election "but if that's not possible, we must have other options. that must include campaigning for a public vote".

"I think that if we can't get a negotiated deal, that the Prime Minister brings back through Parliament, then I think that we're in completely uncharted territory".

And David Mallon, a delegate from the North East, was embraced by party leader Jeremy Corbyn after opposing a second referendum and describing the European Union as a "capitalists' club".

It was passed in a show of hands and it is reported that only a few voted against the motion.

Corbyn praised both men in his speech, and indicated that getting the "best deal" for Brexit was Labour's priority.


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backed his Brexit spokesman, but declined to say which way he would vote in a possible second referendum because "it depends what the question is".

"This isn't about frustrating the process", he said.

Instead he said the public should just be given the choice of what sort of Brexit deal they wanted. An EU summit next month is seen as a make-or-break moment for a Brexit deal.

He said: "That is our party policy and has been for over a year".

Brendan Chilton of the pro-Brexit group Labour Leave argued Tuesday that the party would "hemorrhage votes" if it tried to stop Britain from leaving the 28-nation bloc. "Some are now openly advocating a second referendum and extending Article 50 to delay Brexit, sending us right back to square one", she wrote.

Acknowledging the sensitivity of the issue he said: "We have to manage it in a sensible way but we have to accept we are only having this discussion because of the failure of the talks".


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