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Jeremy Corbyn: A No-Deal Brexit Will Be ‘Catastrophic’

  • Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against no-deal Brexit.

    Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against no-deal Brexit. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 January 2019

U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn warned against a no-deal Brexit as the lawmakers are set to vote on May's Brexit deal next Tuesday. 

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Sunday that exiting the European Union without a deal would be “catastrophic” and he would prefer an agreement is reached rather than a second referendum held.


May’s Brexit Deal Looks Weaker As Pressure Mounts in Parliament

He also said he would table a motion of no confidence in the government “soon” if Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal is rejected by Parliament Tuesday, as is widely expected.

Asked during an interview on BBC TV about the possibility of a second Brexit referendum, Corbyn said, “My own view is that I would rather get a negotiated deal now if we can to stop the danger of a no-deal exit from the EU on 29 March which would be catastrophic for industry, catastrophic for trade.”

May has warned lawmakers Sunday that failure to back her plan to leave the European Union would be bad for Britain, in a plea for support two days ahead of a vote in Parliament that she is expected to lose.

Lawmakers are set to vote on May’s Brexit deal Tuesday after she shelved plans for a vote in December when it became clear that not enough lawmakers from her own party or others would back the deal she agreed to with Brussels.

May looks little closer to securing the support she needs, but writing in the Sunday Express she said lawmakers must not let down the people who voted for Brexit.

“So my message to Parliament this weekend is simple: it is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country,” May says.

On Friday, her foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said Brexit might not happen at all if May’s deal was defeated.

Britain, the world’s fifth largest economy, is scheduled to quit the European Union on Mar. 29.

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