Revealed... Labour plot to reverse referendum
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.”