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UK Labour urges early elections if Brexit deal is rejected

Iran Press TV

Wed Jan 9, 2019 02:42PM

The leader of UK's opposition Labour Party has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to call general elections if she fails to go through the parliament next week with her controversial European Union withdrawal agreement.

Jeremy Corbyn told May on Wednesday during a debate in the British parliament that the prime minister's best option after a possible rejection of her Brexit deal in the chamber next week would be to call snap votes because her political mandate would no longer be tenable in those circumstances.

"So, if her deal is defeated next week, as I hope and expect it will, will the Prime Minister do the right thing and let the people have a real say and call a general election?" said Corbyn at the first Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) of the year in the House of Commons.

Corbyn has repeatedly criticized May for the way she has negotiated Brexit with the EU since June 2016, when Britons voted in a referendum to leave the bloc after more than four decades.

During the Wednesday PMQs, Corbyn again scorned May for delaying an earlier Commons vote on her draft Brexit deal. He said that the deal that May would bring to the parliament on January 15 will be exactly the same document that was supposed to be rejected in the chamber on December 11. He said "not one single dot or comma has changed."

However, May responded to Corbyn's criticism by saying that she will stand by her decision to bring the UK out of the EU on March 29, 2019, even if the Commons reject her Brexit agreement. She told Corbyn that "if he wants to avoid no-deal he has to back a deal".

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