Jeremy Corbyn has given a huge speech on Labour’s Brexit deal plans, and urged MPs of both parties to put “ideological fantasies” to one side.
The Labour leader, who was speaking at Coventry University, outlined his party’s plans for the upcoming split from the EU, noting that the country was largely “in the dark” about what the Conservative government wants from the split.
“We respect the outcome of the referendum… reject any race to the bottom… and we’ve pushed the govt to act to guarantee rights of EU citizens,” Corbyn is quoted as saying, continuing by stating those EU citizens were faced with “uncertain horror” following the vote to leave.
Insulting Boris Johnson’s pro-Brexit campaign, Corbyn stated they were caught “making up numbers and parading them on the side of a bus”, in reference to the campaign’s infamous ‘£350 million for our NHS’ pledge. “No scapegoating of migrants, no setting one generation against another and no playing off the nations of the UK,” was a further promise, while he continued: “No one should be willing to sacrifice the Good Friday Agreement, the basis for 20 years of relative peace, development and respect for diversity in Northern Ireland.”
“Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe and to help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland,” Corbyn stated. “Labour would not countenance a deal that left Britain as a passive recipient of rules decided elsewhere by others. That would mean ending up as mere rule takers.”
“So I appeal to MPs of all parties, prepared to put the people’s interests before ideological fantasies, to join us in supporting the option of a new UK customs union with the EU, that would give us a say in future trade deals.”
The Conservative government quickly hit back at the plans, stating that they will not be joining a customs union with the EU.
Check out a number of political reporters’ updates from the speech below.
In a surprise turn of events, Nigel Farage recently called for a second EU referendum on Brexit.
The former UKIP leader and vocal Brexit advocate was appearing on Channel 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’, when he said that only another vote would silence “moaning” politicians and critics – and finally draw a line under the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
“What is for certain is that the Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonises will never, ever, ever give up,” said Farage.
“They will go on whinging and whining and moaning all the way through this process. So maybe – just maybe – I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU membership.”