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  • Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader gives a speech days after he called a vote of no confidence in Theresa May's government, in Hastings, Britain, Jan. 17, 2019.

    Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader gives a speech days after he called a vote of no confidence in Theresa May's government, in Hastings, Britain, Jan. 17, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 January 2019

Corbyn confirmed that he would only hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May about Brexit if she ruled out a no-deal exit.

Britain’s main opposition Labour party could back a second Brexit referendum if its proposals for leaving the EU are shunned by the government and a no-deal scenario looks likely, leader Jeremy Corbyn said Thursday.

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“If the government remains intransigent, if support for Labour’s alternative is blocked for party advantage and the country is facing the potential disaster of no deal, our duty will then be to look at other options ... including that of a public vote,” Corbyn said in a speech in the southern English coastal town of Hastings.

Corbyn confirmed that he would only hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May about Brexit if she ruled out a no-deal exit.

“She seems to be prepared to send the country hurtling towards a cliff edge,” Corbyn said. “To get a deal that can command a majority in parliament, Theresa May has to ditch the red lines and get serious about proposals for the future.”

He added, “The government confirmed that she would not take no-deal off the table. So I say to the prime minister again: I am quite happy to talk, but the starting point for any talks about Brexit must be that the threat of a disastrous no-deal outcome is ruled out, taken off the table.”

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