January 17, 2019

UK: Corbyn refuses to negotiate new Brexit deal with May

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

Jeremy Corbyn still hasn’t come to the table to talk with Theresa May. This makes it clear that Corbyn isn’t interested in a deal with the European Union. He’d rather take Theresa May down so that he can replace her, win a general election, and try and get his own deal with the EU – one that includes a brand-new customs union. He’d rather betray the people on his own terms, than team up with Theresa May.

Corbyn has asked all his Labour MPs not to participate in any of May’s Brexit talks until she rules out no deal – an extremely damaging move for May that would give the upper hand to the EU and almost guarantee she obtained few new concessions. The full text of Corbyn’s message to his MPs was obtained by Sky, and it reads:

The Prime Minister has offered to open talks with Opposition Parties, however, I have been absolutely clear that any starting point for talks about breaking the Brexit deadlock must be on the provision that the threat of a disastrous “no deal” outcome is rules out. This is a position that has now been adopted by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

I urge colleagues to respect the condition and refrain from engaging with the government until “no deal” is taken off the table.

It seems like the behaviour of a petulant child. For the last two years Corbyn has wanted to be a part of the negotiations, and now when he finally has the opportunity to do so, he’d rather cross his arms and refuse to have any involvement. I do wonder whether this is a sly move on his behalf, in an attempt at forcing the government to opt for No Deal. We know he’s a secret Brexiteer, and it could be a smart move if he’s thinking this far ahead. It’s just as likely that he’s hoping that standing in May’s way will result in her leaving government and calling a general election. Given her stubbornness, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

May, of course, is urging Corbyn to come to the table and negotiate. She needs all parties to get involved, and importantly, she needs Labour on board. She’s unlikely to make any significant progress with the SNP or Lib Dems – so it’s Labour she needs to please.

In a letter to the Labour leader, May explained that ruling out no deal was an “impossible condition” as it wasn’t in the government’s power to actually do it – which is true, and not true. No Deal is the default position, but the government could negotiate with the EU to cancel Brexit. That, she won’t do. That’s the only way to stop No Deal. The only alternative is a deal, which can’t be achieved while Corbyn refuses to sit down and talk.

A new plan agreed by the Prime Minister and other parliamentary parties will be published on Monday, and a full debate on the plan will be scheduled for Tuesday 29th January. This will also be the date of a vote on the deal, giving the UK just two months to get the deal agreed with the EU and written up into legislation.

What’s interesting about all of this is that, while I doubt very much that any new deal will deliver the Brexit we voted for, this situation has technically strengthened the Prime Minister’s hand in negotiations with the EU. We’d previously been told by Barnier and Juncker that they were unwilling to renegotiate the deal. Now they know that Parliament won’t approve it, they’re being forced to sit down, renegotiate, and listen to what MPs are saying across the party divide. This strengthens the UK’s hand, but it doesn’t mean we’ll get a better Brexit.

Our MPs will simply use this strengthened hand to renegotiate a deal that keeps us tied to the EU. Brexit won’t happen unless May is forced to leave without a deal, against her own will.

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commented 2019-01-18 01:23:21 -0500
Good to see these clowns playing games with each other. If May expected anything else from lying weasels like herself then she is a complete idiot.
commented 2019-01-17 22:48:25 -0500
May is so clueless it’s unbelievable. The European parliament is the new Soviet union, and the communist loon Corbyn, loves it.
commented 2019-01-17 19:20:10 -0500
Corbyn wants and always has wanted to take Britain out of the EU. He fly’s a false flag, even to his own Party members. He is trying to make it look like he is putting up a fight against leaving the EU because he is anticipating on there being another election, that he thinks he will win and become King. Oh the minds of grubby little Marxist. If and when, it comes to another referendum, Corbyn will find that at least 50% of his party will vote leave and they will most likely vote for a new Leader also. Corbyn dreams of Carl Marx and the rest of the Gang get their jolly’s dreaming of Stalin.
Theresa May works for the same boss as Justin Trudeau, they were both picked to hold the positions of PM’s within a year of each other, by the UN, they are both members of the NWO Marxist club and they are both dangerous. The only difference between them is the fact that May has some brains.
May is very eager to stay on as PM and she could possibly redeem herself by kicking the EU negotiations down the road for another ten or eleven weeks until the 29th of March. Once the second hand of the clock passes Midnight on that date, Britain will automatically leave the EU, with no deal at all. No deal is the best deal of all, as far as the majority of the UK is concerned…..and they will get to keep the 39 Billion Pounds Sterling that the EU is demanding.

Don’t hold your breath on it though