THE veteran Labour leader hasn’t always been clear on his stance over Brexit and the UK’s relationship with the European Union.
At times he has appeared to be at odds with policies promoted by his own party. Read on to find out where the Labour leader stands on Brexit.
Is Jeremy Corbyn leave or remain?
On the day of the EU Referendum on 23rd June 2016 Jeremy Corbyn tweeted to confirm he had voted to remain in the EU.
The Labour leader wrote: “I’ve just voted to Remain. The EU provides the best framework to meet the challenges of our time #LabourInForBritain.”
Mr Corbyn had repeatedly knocked off calls for a second referendum, insisting Brexit “can’t be stopped”.
But on February 26 2019, he announced his support for a second referendum that could give voters the option to vote remain.
The Labour leader claims he is only doing so to stop “a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country”.
Speaking in the Commons, Mr Corbyn said: “The Prime Minister’s botched deal provides no certainty or guarantees for the future and was comprehensively rejected by this House.
“We cannot risk our country’s industry and people’s livelihoods and so if it somehow does pass in some form at a later stage, we believe there must be a confirmatory public vote to see if people feel it is what they voted for.”
Is there anyway Corbyn would support Brexit?
He told her that if she makes these five legally-binding commitments that Labour will support her.
The commitments are:
- A customs union that would include a say in future trade deals
- Being closely aligned with the single market
- Having UK standards on rights and protections similar to the EU
- Clear commitments on the UK’s future participation in EU agencies and funding programmes
- Cemented agreements on future security agreements with the UK
After Mrs May accepted that the UK may not leave the EU on March 29, Mr Corbyn accused her of “kicking the can down the road”
He confirmed he will table an amendment to Wednesday’s motion seeking MPs support for his party’s own customs union deal.
At least 130 MPs have signed an amendment tabled by Alberto Costa calling for a separate agreement with the European Union to protect the rights of expats even if there is a no-deal Brexit, and Mr Corbyn is among them.