- Jeremy Corbyn has called on the future prime minister to call for a second referendum
- He says that his party will back the “remain” side
Perhaps the two biggest issues in the British political system at the moment are the race for the seat of Prime Minister that will come to an end in the next few weeks and also the issue of Brexit. It should be noted that both issues are intertwined as whoever takes the seat of Prime Minister will be responsible for leading the UK in their exit from the European Union and the two front-runners in the race have stated their views on Brexit in the past.
Now Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has challenged the next leader of the Tory Party will also be the prime minister to hold another referendum before making the final move to take the UK out of the EU and has also stated that his party will campaign to remain in the EU.
Corbyn has stated that his party will take this position to stop a No Deal or a damaging Tory Brexit but did not comment on what he would do should he win a general election and be placed in charge of the Brexit process. It has been reported that several members of his camp have urged him to take a prominent stance regardless of circumstance and in a recent interview with the BBC on July 9, 2019, Corbyn said that his party was now the party of choice when it came to Brexit.
His current position, he says, came after doing a lot of listening to party members, unions and the wider labor movement and he will make the case to Parliament in September to ask for another referendum and between now and that time he will do everything to take a no-deal Brexit off the table and will particularly fight against the damaging deal that he feels Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson will likely propose.
He was also quick to clarify that his changing position did not come as a result of pressure from colleagues but instead from listening to others. Should a general election hold, Corbyn has not stated what his party’s position would be but he has said it would decide it very quickly depending on whatever circumstance they need and what time a general election might be called.
In a letter to Parliament members, Corbyn said that Labour would continue to believe in the compromise plan that had been set up for Brexit during talks that were held with the opposition earlier this year and he believed it was a sensible alternative that could bring the country together in this trying time.