LONDON (Reuters) – Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will on Thursday promise Britain a radical new political agenda and accuse Prime Minister Boris Johnson of dragging Queen Elizabeth into the country’s looming general election.
FILE PHOTO: Leader of Britain’s opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, is seen during a visit to Chingford, London, Britain September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Britain is trapped in an acute political crisis over voters’ 2016 decision to leave the European Union. Johnson’s government has no majority in parliament, no agreed plan for leaving the bloc, and only three weeks until the exit deadline.
Both the ruling Conservatives and Labour want an early election, but Corbyn says he will not agree to one until Johnson has ruled out the possibility that Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
On Thursday, the veteran socialist will travel to the central English town of Northampton to deliver a speech setting out his priorities for government – ramping up his campaign to win power.
“Labour will put forward the most radical, hopeful, people-focused programme in modern times: a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild and transform our country,” Corbyn will say according to advance extracts of his speech.
The speech will bring together pledges from his party’s recent conference, including a second Brexit referendum and a ban on fracking. Labour has also promised to renationalise rail, energy