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European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: This is a seminal debate in the history of this House and for the future of our country. I have been in the House since 1983, and this debate and the decision we will take next week is one of the most important we will ever take as Members of this House. The deal before us would make our country worse off. Taken together with the withdrawal agreement and the future partnership, it represents...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: Mr Speaker—[Hon. Members: “Give way.”] Mr Speaker, it could have all been so different. Following the 2017 election, the Prime Minister—[Interruption.]

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: It could have all been so different. Following the 2017 general election—[Interruption.]

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It could have all been so different. Following the 2017 general election, the Prime Minister could have attempted to build a consensus, recognising the new arithmetic of Parliament, and sought a deal that brought people together. Instead, just like her predecessor, who called a referendum without preparing for the eventuality of a leave vote, the Prime Minister has seen...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: Mr Speaker, no deal is not a real option, and the Government know that, because they are not seriously prepared for it. Eleven out of the 12 critical infrastructure projects that would need to be in place by the end of March 2019 to manage a no-deal Brexit are at risk of not being completed on time, according to the National Audit Office.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: I give way to the hon. Gentleman.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: I am quite happy to debate with the Prime Minister. I notice she was not very keen to debate with anybody during the general election, but we understand that. The Government have been forced to publish their full legal advice, as voted for by this House. I hope and assume that that advice will be published tomorrow, because Members ought to be in possession of all the facts. In 2007, the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: I give way to my hon. Friend.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. The Labour party discussed this issue at great length at party conference and agreed that we would oppose this deal. We said that if the Government cannot govern and cannot command a majority of the House, then the great British tradition is that those Governments resign and we have a general election.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: I give way to my hon. Friend.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: My hon. Friend is right, because the deal does not ensure that if there are changes across the EU that improve workers’ rights and conditions, they are necessarily mirrored in this country. When the Prime Minister talks so grandly about workers’ rights in this country, what comes to my mind is a million people on zero-hours contracts; what comes to my mind is people trying to make ends...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: Under this deal, in December 2020 we will be faced with a choice: either pay more and extend the transition period, or fall into the backstop. At that point, Britain would be over a barrel. We would have left the EU, have no UK rebate and be forced to pay whatever was demanded. Alternatively, article 185, on the Northern Ireland protocol—the backstop—would apply. Not only would that mean...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: It really is not credible for the Government to come to this House with this deal, that does damage a great deal of our economic interests, that does reduce our powers to decide our relationships in the future, and that does damage our trade, and then say there is no alternative. This House will make its decision next Tuesday. I hope and expect this House will reject that deal. At that point,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: Well, if the House rejects this deal, as I hope it will, it is then up to the Government to go back and negotiate something, like a new comprehensive customs union, which would be backed by both the TUC and the CBI, and which is necessary to defend jobs and also have access to a strong single market. We cannot be told that this is the only thing we can do. The process of negotiation is to be...


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