Jeremy Corbyn: We will do ‘everything’ to prevent no-deal Brexit

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the OE Electrics manufacturing factory in Wakefield | Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn: We will do ‘everything’ to prevent no-deal Brexit

The Labour leader declined to say when he would lay a no-confidence motion if MPs reject the Brexit deal.

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1/13/19, 12:33 PM CET

Updated 1/13/19, 2:23 PM CET

U.K. opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would do “everything we can” to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Corbyn said that if MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal in a parliamentary vote Tuesday — as is widely expected — he would press for a general election. But he declined to say when he would lay a vote of no confidence in the government that would be necessary to trigger such an election.

Asked if it would immediately follow the ratification vote, he said, “We will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing — but it’s going to be soon, don’t you worry.”

If the no-confidence vote fails, then it is Labour policy to back other options including a potential second referendum.

When asked for his personal view on holding a second national vote, the Labour leader said: “My own view is that I would rather get a negotiated deal now, if we can, to stop the danger of a no-deal exit from the EU on March 29 which would be catastrophic for industry, catastrophic for trade … We will do everything we can to prevent a no-deal exit.”

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