JEREMY CORBYN is to accuse Boris Johnson of trying to ‘hijack Brexit’ — while promising Labour would ‘get it sorted’ within six months.
In a speech today, the Labour leader will warn that the Conservatives intend to exploit Britain’s departure from the EU to ‘sell out our NHS and working people by stripping away their rights’.
Speaking in Harlow, Essex, Mr Corbyn is expected to accuse the Tories of a deal with Donald Trump that ‘puts a price-tag on our NHS’, raising concerns about US private firms being given access to British public healthcare services.
He is due to say that ‘£500million a week could be taken out of the NHS and handed to big drugs companies under Mr Johnson’s plans for a sell-out trade deal with Donald Trump’.
He will also warn of the threat to workers’ rights, such as holidays, while kickstarting ‘a race to the bottom in standards and protections’ in areas such as food, health and air pollution.
Mr Corbyn will also reiterate Labour’s pledge to renegotiate ‘a sensible deal’ with the EU and put it to a second referendum — though he and his frontbenchers are yet to say whether the party would back Remain or Leave.
Meanwhile, Downing Street said the prime minister would not seek any extension to the Brexit transition period beyond December 2020, giving 11 months to finalise a new deal.
‘The Brexit process has been going on for long enough,’ his spokesman said.
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