JEREMY CORBYN has said no Labour MP could support Boris Johnson’s ‘reckless’ Brexit proposals.
The Labour leader (pictured) also warned that the offer from the prime minister will be used as a ‘springboard to attack rights and standards’ in the UK.
Speaking in the Commons, he said: ‘Deal or no deal, this government’s agenda is clear. They want a Trump-deal Brexit that would crash our economy and rip away the standards that put a floor under people’s rights at work, that protect our environment and protect consumers.’
His rallying cry comes despite some Labour MPs expressing a desire to secure a Brexit deal. Labour MPs Ruth Smeath, Gareth Snell and Stephen Kinnock have all indicated they could back the PM’s offer if it was approved by the EU.
But the Opposition leader insisted it was a ‘rehashed version’ of previously rejected proposals and ‘put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and would trigger a race to the bottom on rights and protections’. He added there had been a ‘lukewarm’ reaction from EU leaders and a ‘very stark’ response from businesses in Northern Ireland.
‘The proposals are unrealistic and damaging and will be rejected in Brussels, be rejected in this House and rejected across this country,’ he said.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford labelled the proposals ‘unacceptable’ to Scotland and ‘another push towards a catastrophic no-deal Brexit’.
Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson called for the PM to visit the Northern Ireland border to ‘listen to people and communities’.
She said locals feel ‘genuine fear’ about a hard border.
But ex-minister Alistair Burt, who lost the Tory whip after rebelling, praised the PM’s approach, saying ‘a deal would now seem to be achievable’.