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Corbyn: Labour will ‘do everything necessary’ to halt no-deal Brexit

The Labour leader is due to meet senior MPs opposed to breaking ties to Brussels without an agreement.

Jeremy Corbyn (Jacob King/PA)
Jeremy Corbyn (Jacob King/PA)

By Shaun Connolly, PA Political Correspondent

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted Labour will “do everything necessary” to try to halt a no-deal Brexit.

Ahead of a meeting on Tuesday with senior MPs opposed to breaking ties to Brussels without an agreement in place, Mr Corbyn insisted the country was heading for a crisis under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

A no-deal exit from the EU would amount to a “bankers” Brexit’ benefiting the rich, Mr Corbyn said.

It's a battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top Jeremy Corbyn

Writing in the Independent, he added: “The battle to stop no-deal Brexit isn’t a struggle between those who want to leave the EU and those who want continued membership.

“It’s a battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top.

“That’s why the Labour Party will do everything necessary to stop a no-deal bankers’ Brexit.

“We want an injection of democracy so the people can decide our country’s future.

“That could come either by Johnson having the courage of his convictions to test his no-deal plans in a referendum or through a general election.

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Boris Johnson (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“In that election, Labour will offer a referendum, with a credible leave option as well as the option to remain.

“But we won’t rule out other options that could stop this no-deal disaster in its tracks. I’ll discuss all these options with the leaders of other opposition parties.

“I hope we can come to a good working arrangement and bring on board others across Parliament who see the danger of a no-deal crash-out.

“The chaos and uncertainty caused by a no-deal Brexit is a potential goldmine for speculators betting against the pound.

“Our country is heading into a crisis this autumn, with Boris Johnson’s Tories driving us towards a no-deal cliff edge.”

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Jo Swinson (Niall Carson/PA)

Among those attending the cross-party talks on Tuesday is Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.

Ms Swinson, and other leading opponents of a no-deal Brexit, have said Mr Corbyn would not be the right candidate to lead a short-term national government if opponents force Mr Johnson out of Number 10.

The PM has insisted the UK will quit the EU on October 31 with or without a deal but faces Commons clashes over the issue in coming weeks.

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