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Jeremy Corbyn calls for early ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for early ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit

Labour leader wants MPs back in Westminster January 2.

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12/28/18, 9:05 AM CET

Updated 12/28/18, 9:17 AM CET

U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Prime Minister Theresa May to recall parliament early from its Christmas break to hold the “meaningful vote” on Brexit, he told the “i” and the Indy in a joint interview.

“I want us to have a vote as soon as possible,” Corbyn told the papers in an interview published late Thursday. “If that means recalling parliament to have the vote — let’s have it.”

Corbyn said May’s move to delay the vote, originally scheduled for December 11, by over a month was “a completely cynical manoeuver to run down the clock and offer MPs the choice of the devil or the deep blue sea.”

The Labour leader said he would attempt to force a general election if May loses the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal with the EU.

MPs are due to return to Westminster January 7, but Corbyn said he wants May to summon them back just after New Year’s Day, on January 2.

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