Re­vealed... Labour plot to re­v­erse ref­er­en­dum

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wants to stop Brexit al­to­gether. It is un­der­stood that Labour hope that Tory Re­mainer rebels led by Ken Clarke, Do­minic Grieve, Nicky Mor­gan and Anna Soubry will help de­feat the Gov­ern­ment and force Bri­tain to ex­tend its stay in the EU.

Mr Cor­bett, who is a mem­ber of Labour’s rul­ing Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, sav­aged the Gov­ern­ment’s plan to leave in 2019.

He said: “Theresa May is sig­nalling that she is pre­pared to have Bri­tain jump on that day, what­ever the cir­cum­stances. No flex­i­bil­ity to ex­tend ne­go­ti­a­tions if an agree­ment is nearly there, but not quite. No con­sid­er­a­tion of the pos­si­bil­ity of stay­ing as a mem­ber dur­ing the tran­si­tional pe­riod, or part of it, to still have a say on de­ci­sions dur­ing that pe­riod.”

His com­ments on the on­line Left­wing blog Labour List ap­pear to ex­pand on remarks made by shadow Brexit sec­re­tary Sir Keir Starmer who has said he wants to keep the UK un­der Brus­sels rule in the sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union dur­ing tran­si­tion.

Sir Keir said: “Labour would seek a tran­si­tional deal that main­tains the same ba­sic terms that we cur­rently en­joy with the EU.”

Labour, ac­cord­ing to some an­a­lysts, has changed its po­si­tion on Brexit at least 101 times since the ref­er­en­dum.

Tory MP Rishi Su­nak said: “It comes as no sur­prise Labour are adding to their con­fu­sion over Brexit. Richard Cor­bett’s com­ments high­light just how many within Labour are re­luc­tant to de­liver the will of the peo­ple and frus­trate the Brexit process ev­ery step of the way.

“Only the Con­ser­va­tives can get the best Brexit deal for all parts of the United Kingdom, while Labour con­tinue to plot how they can keep us tied to the rules of the EU for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

For­mer cab­i­net min­is­ter Owen Pater­son said that Labour’s bid to keep Bri­tain un­der EU rule would give “a fan­tas­tic once in a gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity” to the Con­ser­va­tive Party to win over tra­di­tional Labour vot­ers.

Lead­ing QC Martin Howe, who has writ­ten a pa­per crit­i­cis­ing a tran­si­tion pe­riod, warned: “If Labour gets its way on this it will guar­an­tee that we will not be able to en­joy the ben­e­fits of Brexit.”

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn made it clear yes­ter­day he op­poses “the false ar­bi­trary” Brexit date of March 29, 2019, when the Ar­ti­cle 50 two year pe­riod runs out.

And in the Com­mons, shadow Brexit min­is­ter Paul Blom­field urged min­is­ters not to put the de­par­ture date into law.

He de­scribed it as “a gim­mick that is about the Prime Min­is­ter ne­go­ti­at­ing with her own party, rather than try­ing to get a Brexit deal that pri­ori­tises jobs, the econ­omy and the liveli­hoods of our peo­ple.”

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