Brexit news: Corbyn fails to deny he would vote to BACK Brexit as he voices EU criticism | UK | News

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confirmed the Labour Party would back a new referendum if the choice offered to voters was “credible”. However, the leader of the opposition failed to deny he would support leaving the if given the change. Mr Corbyn admitted to having conflicting views of the bloc as he refused to provide Sky News host Sophy Ridge with a clear answer on how he would vote during a fresh referendum.

Despite having been asked whether his preference would be to call it quits with , Mr Corbyn insisted he wanted to maintain a “serious relationship” with the bloc – causing Ms Ridge to interrupt him to ask again: “That’s not what I asked.

“Do you want to leave the EU or not? Would you vote to remain?”

Mr Corbyn finally admitted his choice would depend on the question posed: “I know it’s not what you asked but I’m trying to say we want to have a relationship with the EU of the type I’ve set out and people would have a choice on that.

“I’ve had many criticisms of the EU, I recognise many of the values of the EU. I want it to see more accountable and democratic. That’s what I campaigned for in the referendum but at the end of the day, it’s about the trading relationship and the jobs that are so important.

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“It depends on what the choice is in front of us. If we’ve got a good deal in which we can have a dynamic relationship with Europe, which is all the trading relationship and so on, that might be a good way forward that unites the country.”

Mr Corbyn is a well-known Eurosceptic who has criticised the European Union numerous times during his political career. As a backbench MP for Islington North, Mr Corbyn frequently voted against pro-EU bills and referendums since 1983.

Prior to becoming MP, he voted ‘No’ to Europe in a 1975 European referendum when he was still a local councillor in Haringey. The Labour leader also backed Britain to leave the (EEC).

The Labour leader continued: “Our manifesto said “respect the result of the referendum.’ Our conference motion said to respect the result of the referendum. Our conference motion also said we want the kind of relationship with the EU I have outlined.

“Our preference would be, if the Government can’t get its deal through Parliament, there ought to be a general election.

“Indeed, in any normal scenario, a Government that has been so comprehensively defeated would now be resigning and have a general election.”

Labour announced on Sunday they will back a cross-party amendment seeking another public vote Labour MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson put forward.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Shadow Brexit Secretary said the amendment “is clearly in line with the approach the Labour Party has taken to a public vote”.

The paper reports Sir Keir has been assisting Mr Kyle and Mr Wilson with the wording of their amendment.

They also have the backing of a number of Tory MPs, including former Justice Minister Phillip Lee.



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