Why has Cor­byn left the coun­try?

Daily Mail - - Countdown To Brexit D-day -

JeReMY Cor­byn was mocked from all quar­ters yes­ter­day af­ter jet­ting off to Por­tu­gal just days be­fore the cru­cial Brexit vote.

The Labour leader flew to Lis­bon for a two- day congress of euro­pean so­cial­ists, days af­ter he was in Mex­ico for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the coun­try’s new Leftwing pres­i­dent An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Mr Cor­byn tweeted that he had en­joyed ‘great meetings’ with Latin Amer­i­can and euro­pean lead­ers.

But Labour sup­porter Philip ed­wards replied: ‘As a @UKLabour party mem­ber can I sug­gest you stop wast­ing my money on cli­mate chang­ing air travel, get back to the UK and start to act as if you are a Prime Minister in wait­ing rather than a Prime Minister in hid­ing.’

Tory MP An­drew Percy said: ‘Why is he in Por­tu­gal? He should be in the UK think­ing about the prom­ise he made to the Bri­tish pub­lic which was to hon­our the Brexit re­sult, which clearly he is lin­ing up to be­tray.’

And for­mer Lib dem leader Tim Far­ron added: ‘ Jeremy Cor­byn might pre­tend to be all things to all peo­ple but this is a dere­lic­tion of duty. When­ever he’s needed he goes miss­ing in ac­tion.’ Mr Cor­byn has faced on­go­ing crit­i­cism from Re­main vot­ers within the Labour Party who have ac­cused him of ig­nor­ing the wishes of party members be­cause of his own eu­roscep­tic be­liefs.

He used a speech to euro­pean so­cial­ists in Lis­bon last night to hit out at eU sup­port for ‘failed ne­olib­eral poli­cies’, say­ing it had paved the way for Brexit.

He said he hoped to build a ‘so­cial­ist europe that will strengthen sol­i­dar­ity across bor­ders’.

He added that he would con­sider de­lay­ing Brexit if Labour wins power – and that there might be an ar­gu­ment for de­lay­ing Ar­ti­cle 50.

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