Keir Starmer Claims 'Brexit Can Be Stopped', Despite What Jeremy Corbyn Said

Frederick Owens
November 12, 2018

The interview this week followed comments by Corbyn urging his party to "recognise the reasons why people voted Leave". "So there are definitely, Keir and Jeremy have been talking to our European sister parties and colleagues".

Sir Keir told Sky News: 'Brexit can be stopped.

"I would prefer to have a general election of course, but if the choice is a deal which the Tories have engineered so that it's going to take us into a race to the bottom, loss of workers rights, no access for my constituents, then I would back [it]", she said.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary pointed out another vote would only be a feasible option if Mrs May's Brexit deal failed to meet Labour's six tests. "Jeremy is signed up to that, I'm signed up to that and that was the position that was passed". I'm signed up to that'.

Many of Labour's MPs have been demanding a so-called "People's Vote" to stop Brexit.

"I remain as convinced as ever that the consequences of no deal would be so severe that it can not be allowed to happen". If that doesn't happen, then all options must remain on the table.

Ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson stepped up his attack on the prime minister's Brexit strategy on Monday, as he expressed despair the government "seems to be on the verge of total surrender".

Appearing on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, Ms Thornberry said: "Theresa May is simply giving us a devil in the deep blue sea - she's saying you can either fall off a cliff or get on this bridge to nowhere, and you're going to have to vote on that".

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'If I was Theresa May, I would call a second referendum - no doubt, ' he told Politico.

Polls have also suggested that the balance might have swung away from the 52 per cent to 48 per cent result last time.

In a joint opinion piece for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Tory Brexiteer Steve Baker and Sammy Wilson, who speaks on Brexit for the Democratic Unionists - the Northern Irish party that props up the Conservatives in Parliament - vowed to reject the deal unless Mrs May backs down.

Onwurah said she believed there were only about four Labour MPs - out of 257 in the 650-seat House of Commons - who were absolutely pro-Leave, and another 40 who are Remainers but represent constituencies that voted Leave, and thus might be open to backing May's deal.

In her own party, the prime minister faces intense pressure on both sides of the Brexit divide to change course. That includes the option of a public vote.

"If what is outlined in the reply is the type of deal the Prime Minister intends to conclude, then the DUP could not support a deal which annexes Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom", she wrote. But what we've had are discussions and they know what it is that we want, and they know we are democrats and if they were in our position they'd be trying to negotiate exactly the same way as we are'.

On Sunday, Ms Thornberry denied the party was chasing a "fantasy prospectus" with their demand a Brexit deal delivers the exact same benefits as membership of the EU's single market and customs union.

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