Knives out for May: Corbyn and Sturgeon JOIN FORCES in plot to derail draft Brexit deal

Posted on Nov 23 2018 - 8:48am by admin

The Labour leader and Scottish First Minister – both of whom are strongly opposed to the Prime Minister’s agreement with Brussels – met with a delegation last night including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer. It comes as a growing number of Labour MPs representing Leave-backing constituencies the government was looking towards for support in passing its Brexit deal revealed they will vote against it in Parliament. Nicola Sturgeon claimed there was a common anger over the government’s deal, with the group refusing to accept the “spin” that MPs could trigger a no-deal Brexit by rejecting the agreement being signed off by Brussels at an emergency summit with the EU27 on Sunday.

She told Sky News: “The next part of this process, and arguably the most important part, is to build a consensus around the alternative.

“We know what the options are – the single market and the customs union, a People’s Vote are two of those options.

“Extending Article 50 almost becomes an inevitabiliy if we’re going to leave the room open for these other options.”

But despite teaming up with Jeremy Corbyn in a show of defiance against the Prime Minister, Ms Sturgeon admitted she has not yet found common ground with Labour over an alternative Brexit deal.

She said: “What we talked about was our unity of purpose in thinking the Prime Minister’s deal is a bad deal and voting that down, unity of purpose in not allowing this to be presented as a bad deal or no deal.

“No deal is not an option and there’s no majority for no deal.

“What I wouldn’t say is we got to the stage today where there’s an agreement that can be coalesced around one of those but, to be frank, that’s the responsibility of the opposition.”

Despite their apparent new-found alliance, Ms Sturgeon still hit out at Mr Corbyn’s lack of leadership and voiced frustration at how Labour had stopped short of prioritising a second vote that could potentially stop Brexit.

But the SNP leader added she could support Labour’s position on pressing ahead with a vote of no confidence against Theresa May and a general election instead of “wringing my hands”.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I don’t think his position on Brexit has shown a lot of leadership even until very recent days but we’ve got to look ahead now.

“I’m not saying I can sit here and tell you I can guarantee I can get to a position where me and Jeremy Corbyn are on the same page, but I feel a responsibility to have a go at that.

“I would relish a general election – this is the most incompetent shambolic government in my lifetime, so I would relish that.”

The meeting with Mr Corbyn came just hours before the SNP leader met the Prime Minister, describing her latest draft Brexit deal as a document which will ask people to “take a blindfold leap off a cliff”.

Ms Sturgeon was shown the most recent draft plan but described it as a “vague, aspirational document”.

She raged: “I’ve seen today the current draft – it’s not binding, it doesn’t have legal effect and effectively it amounts to the House of Commons being asked to vote to exit the EU without knowing what comes next.

“That’s asking people to take a blindfold leap off a cliff-edge and I have said all along I just don’t think that’s a reasonable or acceptable thing to do.

“Perhaps if there had been more willingness to listen to different voices over the past couple of years we would be in a better position now.

“There’s an argument that says we’re getting a little late in the day for that meaningful engagement but as long as the possibility is there I will take it.”

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