News ID: 261707
Published: 0236 GMT November 17, 2019
Corbyn: We won’t crash out into arms of Donald Trump

Labour to hold another referendum on Brexit if winner of elections

Labour to hold another referendum on Brexit if winner of elections
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The Labour leader told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show his party will hold another referendum on Brexit if they win the General Election.

 “We’re going to put that choice to the British people, and they will make their decision,” Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, reported.

“We’ll negotiate within three months a credible, sensible option of Leave, and put that alongside Remain in a referendum.”

Corbyn said his party would not form a coalition government if it fails to secure a majority in Parliament at a Dec. 12 election, Reuters reported.

Four opinion polls published on Saturday put Labour between 10 and 17 percentage points behind Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives.

He added that he wants a close relationship with the EU in the future when pressed on his personal view on whether or not the UK should leave.

Corbyn said a Labour government will negotiate a sensible leave deal within three months of taking power and then voters will get the chance to decide again on Brexit.

“The answer is, as I’ve explained to you, that we will negotiate a credible option of leaving, put that alongside Remain, and the British people would make their mind up on that basis, and we will discuss this obviously when we’ve concluded those initial negotiations which will start immediately we take office,” he added.


A close trading relationship with EU


He denied suggestions he was unable to say whether or not he would prefer for the UK to be in or out.

“Jeremy Corbyn can say this – that we have to have a close trading relationship with Europe, we won’t crash out into the arms of Donald Trump, we won’t be doing sweetheart trade deals with the USA, and we won’t be wrecking our National Health Service in the process as the prime minister is planning to do”, he responded.

Corbyn announced that the party’s manifesto will be published on Thursday after being pressed on the party’s position on the free movement of people.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also said he doesn’t think it is ‘remotely likely’ the UK will leave with no-deal.

Earlier on the program, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Marr he does not think it is remotely likely that the UK will leave the EU without a deal.


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