Labour: We will vote against May’s Brexit

Thorn­berry says deal fails party’s six tests

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LABOUR will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Shadow For­eign Sec­re­tary Emily Thorn­berry sig­nalled yes­ter­day.

She said she “can’t see” a sit­u­a­tion where it would meet Labour’s six tests that would lead to the party’s sup­port.

She also pre­dicted a gen­eral elec­tion this au­tumn or next spring, sug­gest­ing the vote would top­ple Theresa May as PM.

Thorn­berry spoke out as May’s Brexit Sec­re­tary Do­minic Raab spoke by phone with EU chief ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier.

Raab, des­per­ate to paint a glow­ing pic­ture, said af­ter­wards: “While there re­main some sub­stan­tive dif­fer­ences, our teams are clos­ing in on work­able so­lu­tions to the out­stand­ing is­sues in the agree­ment.”

Min­is­ters plan a crunch Com­mons vote on a deal be­fore Christ­mas, if Bri­tain seals an EU pact but Thorn­berry takes a dim view of the deal, along with many Brex­i­teers and Re­main­ers.

She said: “I can’t see them com­ing back with a deal that is go­ing to meet our six tests.

“I can’t see them com­ing back with a deal that will unite the Tory party, for heaven’s sake.”

She added: “Even if they come back in Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber, and they say, ‘This flimsy bit of pa­per is what you’re go­ing to have to agree to, oth­er­wise there’ll be no deal.’ We’re not go­ing to agree to ei­ther of those.”

Shadow Brexit Sec­re­tary Sir Keir Starmer an­nounced Labour’s six tests for a deal in March. They are:

● Does it en­sure a strong and collaborative fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with the EU?

● Does it de­liver the “ex­act same ben­e­fits” as we cur­rently have as mem­bers of the sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union?

● Does it en­sure the fair man­age­ment of mi­gra­tion in the in­ter­ests of the econ­omy and com­mu­ni­ties?

● Does it de­fend rights and pro­tec­tions and pre­vent a race to the bot­tom?

● Does it pro­tect na­tional se­cu­rity and our ca­pac­ity to tackle cross-border crime?

● Does it de­liver for all re­gions and na­tions of the UK?

Pro-EU cam­paign­ers yes­ter­day ramped up de­mands for an­other EU vote, fo­cus­ing on what they say is ris­ing sup­port among health work­ers.

A Peo­ple’s Vote cam­paign sur­vey shows a 19 per cent surge for Re­main among doc­tors, nurses and car­ers, com­pared with the 2016 ref­er­en­dum.

In the event of no deal with the EU, 57 per cent of health staff back a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, com­pared with 16 per cent who want the de­ci­sion left to MPs.

The on­line poll of 649 NHS work­ers comes as 7868 NHS staff signed a let­ter de­mand­ing a so-called “peo­ple’s vote” on any fi­nal Brexit deal.

Re­main­ers will hold a protest in cen­tral Lon­don to­day call­ing for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

NHS Against Brexit founder Dr Mike Galswor­thy will tell the demon­stra­tion: “The pace is quick­en­ing now, as more and more NHS and health pro­fes­sion­als are rais­ing the alarm about Brexit.”

Mean­while, cam­paign­ers won a High Court chal­lenge against the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion over Vote Leave EU ref­er­en­dum spend­ing.

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