I’ll force an election, says Corbyn


Jeremy Corbyn is holding Theresa May to ransom, saying that she must cave in to his Brexit demands or he will force a general election.
The Labour leader says he will only let Mrs May trigger Brexit negotiations in a House of Commons vote if she agrees to what he described as his “Brexit bottom line”.
He added: “we live in a democracy, and the Government has to be responsive to Parliament.”
His demands come following a High Court ruling which found that Mrs May could not trigger Article 50 without giving Parliament a say.
Now Mr Corbyn says he will be making demands which include that the UK still has access to 500 million customers in Europe’s single market.
He also says there must be no watering down of EU workplace rights and that guarantees must be given on safeguarding consumers and the environment.
Mr Corbyn is also asking that Britain makes a pledge to pick up the tab for any EU capital investment lost as a result of Brexit.
Mrs May has already said that she will not be derailed from her timetable of invoking Article 50 by the end of March. The Supreme Court will hear an appeal next month.
If the Supreme Court upholds the High Court ruling, however, than MPs who fought for Remain will be trying to add conditions onto exiting Europe before negotiations even begin.
Mr Corbyn says in that situation, Labour will be voting against Mrs May unless she agrees to the party’s “Brexit bottom lines”.
He said: “These must be the basis of the negotiations. And it doesn’t necessarily cause a delay.
“The court has thrown a big spanner in the works by saying Parliament must be consulted. We accept the result of the referendum.
“We are not challenging the referendum. We are not calling for a second referendum. We’re calling for market access for British industry to Europe.”
It is thought that if Mr Corbyn and other Remainers get together and gang up on her, the Prime Minister will be left with no choice but to call a General Election to try to push through what she wants to.
At the moment, the Tories have a majority of just 12, which leaves her vulnerable to rebellion.
Mr Corbyn said he would be ready for it if the Government does call a General Election.


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