Britain's Corbyn to accuse Johnson of hijacking Brexit


Comparing no deal to the 2008 financial crash that saw "tens of millions of people who had nothing to do with it" pay for the consequences, Corbyn will warn that the government would seize the opportunity to "push through policies that benefit them and their super-rich supporters".

Mr Corbyn was visiting the city area for the first time since October 2018, when he spoke against closures of children's centres; a topic he again addressed, saying he would "absolutely" want to invest more money in them.

Telling the house he wanted to discuss politicians obeying the rule of law in a speech that was persistently and angrily shouted down by his former Labour colleagues - with no attempt at intervention from the speaker - Mr Austin emphasised his feeling that it was hypocritical, given the past behaviour of members of the Labour leadership team, that they should lecture the Prime Minister on being lawful.

In his speech, Mr Corbyn will say the cost of a "reckless" no-deal Brexit will not be borne by Mr Johnson and his "wealthy friends", but by the "rest of us".

"If you are a worker with a boss who makes you work extra hours with no pay, or forces you into a unsafe situation, you deserve a government that fights for you", Corbyn said.

'And who bears the worth of that?

Also on Monday, legislation created to stop the government forcing through a no-deal Brexit became law Monday afternoon after receiving royal assent by the Queen. "It would be the rest of us", he will say. But the prime minister has said he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than ask Brussels for another extension.

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More importantly, British media had reported over the weekend that PM Johnson had been preparing to disobey parliament's order to request an extension of the Brexit deadline.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme Mr Mann said "vast numbers of Labour voters are in danger of walking away" if the party positions itself as supporting remaining in the European Union in any upcoming General Election.

"If there are antisemites in the Tory Party", Mann added, "I'll be as robust with Boris Johnson and James Cleverly as I have been with Labor in the past".

Is a no-deal Brexit still possible?

The Labour leader vowed to unleash the biggest "people-powered" campaign ever seen as battle lines for a forthcoming election were drawn.

This is the sort of thing that might sound reasonable in an academic seminar: that a Labour government would offer the people a choice between a soft Brexit or remaining in the EU.

The pact would mean the Brexit Party would withdraw its candidates in areas of the country where Tory MPs are challenge from Labour or Lib Dems MP so the Leave vote would not be split.