Labour would de­lay Brexit, says Cor­byn

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY PA RE­PORTER

LABOUR leader Jeremy Cor­byn said he would con­sider de­lay­ing Bri­tain’s exit from the EU to ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter deal if his party came to power.

He told Sky News: “If we go into gov­ern­ment straight away, we would start ne­go­ti­at­ing straight away. If it meant hold­ing things a bit longer to do it, of course.”

With the Com­mons vote on Theresa May’s with­drawal agree­ment ex­pected to re­sult in it be­ing re­jected by MPs, the risk of a no-deal Brexit could in­crease.

The Prime Minister was com­ing un­der grow­ing pres­sure to de­lay the De­cem­ber 11 vote to give her­self time to ask for more con­ces­sions from the EU at a Brus­sels sum­mit at the end of next week.

With three days of de­bate com­plete, Press As­so­ci­a­tion anal­y­sis showed that of 163 MPs who have spo­ken, just 27 have in­di­cated they will back Mrs May’s deal com­pared to 122 — in­clud­ing 29 Tories — who will vote against.

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