Friday, 17 August, 2018

Labour rules out second Brexit referendum

Melissa Porter | 02 May, 2017, 15:16

She said: "Why would your colleague John Healey last week, say, or wouldn't say, that he'd actually put Jeremy Corbyn on his election literature".

JEREMY Corbyn is now being accused of "running scared" of election TV debates after his office suggested he would not take part in them if the Prime Minister sticks by her refusal to do so.

"And every vote cast for me through my local Conservative candidates in cities like Leeds, and in towns and cities across the United Kingdom, will strengthen my hand when I negotiate with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of Europe in the months ahead".

The Times also said its YouGov poll showed that for the first time since June's Brexit vote more voters believed that the referendum decision to leave the European Union was a mistake than those who thought it was the right decision.

Speaking to Sky News on Thursday about the forthcoming election prompted by Bexit, Blair refused to say if he thought Corbyn would be the best prime minister, and argued that people should vote Labour to make sure May has a strong opposition.

Writing Tuesday in one of the leading newspapers in Wales, the Western Mail, May she said the election was an opportunity to give Britain "the strong and stable leadership it needs to see us through Brexit and beyond".

"Our challenge to the prime minister is to have the strength and guts to face a direct debate with Jeremy Corbyn on the issues facing the country".

She is trying to cast the election as a choice between stability under her leadership and chaos under Labour, whose left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn saw off a party revolt past year but is still struggling to impose his control.

We all want a Labour government in power, because any Labour government would be better than a hard-Brexit Conservative government led by Theresa May.

Corbyn, meanwhile, is conducting an election as any leader with as big a mandate as he has should, by visiting seats that the party hopes to win in order to form a government.

May shocked the nation last week when she called an early election less than halfway through her government's five-year term.

Mrs May was unable to rule out a squeeze on pensions when she came under sustained pressure at PMQs from Labour and the SNP. However, this needn't be a disadvantage for the party; in 1997 Blair embraced the broad church of ideas within the party, and was able to unite MPs and members under one common aim, getting Labour back into government. "We do not accept that there has to be a reckless Conservative Brexit".