In his speech at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool today, Jeremy Corbyn told PM Theresa May that Labour would support her if she could deliver a “sensible” Brexit deal.
Corbyn offer to May on Brexit. ‘If you guarantee workers’ rights, keep a customs union, ensure no hard border in Ireland, keep standards & protections, we’ll support your deal’ > rhetorical flourish to a pro-EU crowd rather than policy shift. Six tests still stand #lab18
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Explaining further, Corbyn said: “…If you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in Ireland, if you protect jobs, people’s rights at work and environmental and consumer standards – then we will support that sensible deal. A deal that would be backed by most of the business world and trade unions too. But if you can’t negotiate that deal then you need to make way for a party that can.”
As regards the Chequers plan, he clarified that Labour will vote against the plan “or whatever is left of it and oppose leaving the EU with no deal. And it is inconceivable that we should crash out of Europe with no deal – that would be a national disaster.
“That is why if Parliament votes down a Tory deal or the government fails to reach any deal at all we would press for a General Election. Failing that, all options are on the table.”