Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of hijacking referendum to shift power to wealthy

UK Parliament  Jessica Taylor

UK Parliament Jessica Taylor

Opposition chief Jeremy Corbyn promised sweeping modifications to British workers' legal rights and an attack on those who "hoard the prosperity and dodge their taxes" if his Labour Party wins a United Kingdom election.

He will warn that a snap election before the end of the year may fail to resolve the current deadlock.

"Very hard though it was, I and many others respected the result of the 2016 referendum for a long time", he said.

"We were very, very clear that if people wanted a democratic moment, if they wanted an election, we offered it to the Labour opposition and mysteriously they decided not to go for it".

Opposition leaders have not supported the votes, which needed the backing of two-thirds of MPs, because they fear an election could be used to force through a no-deal Brexit.

The Prime Minister is reportedly setting himself up for an explosive Supreme Court battle over a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Watson and other senior Labour figures, including Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer, say they will campaign to stay in the European Union in any circumstances.

Both Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn have unofficially launched their election campaigns, but a vote before the October 31 Brexit deadline is highly unlikely.

First priority is to stop a no-deal Brexit before heading to an election.

Mr Mann previously said he could not campaign for Mr Corbyn knowing he could become Prime Minister, and told The Sunday Times he would "never forgive" his left-wing leader for allowing the party to be "hijacked" by anti-Semites.

"The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum", he will say.

"Boris Johnson has already conceded that the Brexit crisis can only be solved by the British people", the deputy leader will say.

The 59-year-old, who announced on Sunday he would be standing down from the Commons after 18 years representing Bassetlaw, said: "That's not a good recipe for winning a General Election and in the North of England, Labour will pay a huge price".

A source in the People's Vote campaign told i: "We believe the number of Tories and former Tories supporting us is in the high teens but we believe there is a pool of about 50 who can be won over".

He additionally repeated Labour's pledge to repeal the 2016 Commerce Union Act, and introduced that unions could have the proper to organise members in workplaces in addition to having further safety for union representatives dealing with unfair dismissal.

He said: We're ready for that election.

"They just want us to take an unequivocal position that whatever happens we'll fight to remain, and to sound like we mean it".

Speaking to the Trades Union Congress on Tuesday, Sir Keir Starmer will say that another referendum is the only way of "cleaning up the mess left by the Tories".

"And - of course - "remain" should and will be on the ballot paper along with a credible option to leave".

James Cleverly, Conservative Party Chairman, said: "Labour's Deputy Leader makes clear Labour want to cancel the referendum result".

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