Jeremy Corbyn promises to vote down May’s Brexit deal: Brexit News for Thursday 27th September

Jeremy Corbyn promises to vote down May’s Brexit deal: Brexit News for Thursday 27th September

Jeremy Corbyn promises to vote down May’s Brexit deal…

Jeremy Corbyn has told Theresa May that Labour MPs will vote against her Chequers plan unless she is willing to accept his proposal to keep Britain in a customs union and protect consumer standards and workers’ rights after Brexit…. The Labour leader told delegates: “As it stands, Labour will vote against the Chequers plan – or whatever is left of it – and oppose leaving the EU with no deal” in the meaningful final vote promised by May after the Brexit talks conclude in November. – Guardian

…unless she proposes a “sensible” Brexit that includes customs union membership…

Labour would back Theresa May and vote in favour of a “sensible” Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn claimed yesterday. Mr Corbyn used his speech to Labour’s annual conference to suggest for the first time that his party could support the Conservatives in a compromise with Brussels. He also seemed to drop his insistence that Theresa May must deliver the “exact same benefits” of single market access after Brexit. Instead he said that if the prime minister secured an agreement that kept the UK in a customs union with Brussels, avoided a border in Ireland and protected jobs, then Labour could back it. – The Times (£)

> Yesterday on BrexitCentral: Jeremy Corbyn tells his party conference that Labour will vote against Chequers oppose a no-deal Brexit

> WATCH on BrexitCentral’s YouTube channel: What Jeremy Corbyn said about Brexit in his party conference speech

> Matt Smith today on BrexitCentral: Labour’s flirtation with a second referendum will alienate millions of its Leave-backing voters

…while the Labour leader will warn Michel Barnier against a no-deal Brexit today…

Jeremy Corbyn will tell the EU’s chief negotiator that a “no-deal” Brexit is not acceptable as he seeks to break the impasse in negotiations. The Labour leader is travelling to Brussels for meetings with Michel Barnier, alongside Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary… Mr Corbyn’s visit will be 24 hours after his rousing conference speech, where he told party members Labour will vote against Mrs May’s Chequers plan as it stands and will oppose a no-deal Brexit. – Sky News

…just as EU ambassadors have met to step up plans for a no‑deal Brexit

EU ambassadors have held an emergency meeting with the European Commission in Brussels amid concerns that Labour will vote down any Brexit deal. During this week’s party conference, Labour has repeatedly insisted it will veto any deal that does not meet its “six tests”. Theresa May’s insistence on Tuesday that the only choice remains her discredited Chequers plan or a no deal Brexit have further stoked EU fears that the negotiations will fail and result in economic damage on both sides. “Uncertainty remains about the outcome of the negotiations and the ratification of a possible deal,” an EU document seen by The Telegraph reads. – Telegraph (£)

  • EU leaders urgently step up plans for no-deal Brexit following Corbyn’s threats to veto any agreement made struck by Theresa May – Daily Mail
  • Plans reveal European capitals are getting ready to ‘intensify’ their No Deal preparations – The Sun 

Cabinet urging May to back Canada-style deal over no-deal Brexit if EU rejects Chequers…

Theresa May is losing cabinet support for her plan to revert to a no-deal Brexit if Europe rejects the Chequers proposals, sources have told The Times. Senior ministers are increasingly worried that the prime minister will stick to her promise to force a no-deal Brexit if Europe rejects her plan again next month… Cabinet ministers are said to be looking at how to prevent Mrs May from locking Britain into a no-deal Brexit. Sources say that those opposed to her strategy include Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, Michael Gove, the environment secretary, and Sajid Javid, the home secretary. – The Times (£)

…while leading Cabinet Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt is the latest to distance herself from May’s Chequers plan

Leading Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt last night became the third Cabinet minister to publicly refuse to endorse Theresa May’s Chequers plan. She pointedly avoided backing Mrs May’s blueprint, instead simply saying she “supports” the PM. Her stance comes after Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said they were open to a looser Canada-style trade deal with the EU. In another blow to the PM, The Spectator last night reported that three of her most influential Cabinet ministers had joined a group of Brexiteers discussing how and when to force Mrs May to ditch her proposal in favour of the Canada route. The magazine said they will wait until after next week’s Tory conference to move. But they will ensure she has abandoned Chequers and adopted a Plan B by the time she heads to next month’s EU summit. – The Sun

Theresa May tells world leaders that Brexit was not a ‘rejection of multilateralism’…

Theresa May last night told world leaders Britain voting for Brexit is not a ‘rejection of multilateralism’ but a desire for more accountability closer to home. In speeches to the UN’s Security Council and its General Assembly on Wednesday, the Prime Minister also attacked Russia for its ‘desperate fabrication’ over the Salisbury spy poisoning and warned of the dangers of the international community failing to cooperate. Mrs May also maintained that the Brexit vote to leave the European Union was not a rejection of multilateralism, but a demand for accountability. ‘The vote by the British people to leave the EU was not a rejection of multilateralism or international cooperation,’ she said. – Daily Mail

…as she and Trump talk ‘big, ambitious’ post-Brexit trade deal at the UN

Both Mr Trump and Ms May were all smiles at their later meeting, with both agreeing Brexit marked a “wonderful opportunity” for a far-reaching UK-US trade deal. That warmth was a stark contrast to an awkward moment for Ms May early in the day when she was asked at a global business forum hosted by Bloomberg “how bad things could get” in the event of an unacceptable deal with the EU. Acknowledging uncertainty, Ms May insisted she was confident a deal could be reached. – Independent

  • Trump and May discuss plan for ‘big and ambitious’ trade deal – Politico

US firms tell Theresa May that a ‘bad Brexit’ could be disastrous and put Jeremy Corbyn in power

US companies have warned Theresa May that a “bad Brexit” would be a disaster for the UK and could mean that Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister. Steve Schwarzman, the chief executive of Blackstone, told Mrs May that his company was a “believer” in the UK but he was worried about “how bad can things get”. The Prime Minister had used her address to the Bloomberg Business Forum in New York to highlight the upsides of Brexit, telling 200 business leaders that Britain will slash corporation tax after leaving the European Union. But in a question and answer session following the speech, Mr Schwarzman said he was concerned about the type of deal Mrs May will negotiate. – Telegraph (£)

  • A ‘bad Brexit’ will lead to Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn – Express

City of London ‘Brexodus’ has still failed to materialise

City of London firms have so far held back from relocating jobs to the EU with just 630 UK finance roles moving abroad since the Brexit vote, according to an in-depth survey published yesterday. A Reuters poll of 134 major financial firms found that a total of 5,800 could still be shifted abroad in the event of a “hard Brexit”, but that a much feared “Brexodus” has so far failed to materialise. The same survey conducted in September last year suggested 10,000 roles would relocate in the event of a messy exit from the EU, suggesting that the financial services industry is now adapting its Brexit plans. – City A.M.

Ex-Home Secretary Amber Rudd backs second referendum over no-deal Brexit

Amber Rudd believes that a second referendum is more likely than a no-deal scenario if Britain can not strike a Brexit deal with the EU. The former home secretary told ITV’s Peston programme that the UK would find itself in “completely uncharted territory” if it failed to agree a deal with the bloc. Britain is set to leave the EU on March 29 next year. Ms Rudd told ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston that the UK may end up with a Norway-style EEA deal, but played down the prospect of a “Canada-style” agreement – something favoured by many Brexiters. Theresa May has previously claimed that a Canada-style deal would risk breaking up the UK. – ITV News

Gisela Stuart: Labour must not betray leave voters over Brexit

The EU referendum forced us to acknowledge that people in large sections of the UK had lost faith in political parties and the Westminster elite. While for some, closer integration with the EU had brought greater prosperity, many leave voters felt their jobs becoming under threat, their prospects and those of their children narrowing and the public services they rely on coming under growing strain. The vote in the EU referendum was a fundamental rejection of what our membership of the EU had become, and was an indictment of the failure of successive EU and UK leaders to listen to the concerns of ordinary voters. – Gisela Stuart for the Guardian

Matthew Elliott: Woo the EU? Theresa May should take tips from the dating game

Having the option to walk away is not enough. You can’t woo a partner by simply having the option to dump them. You need other viable options. You need to be the belle of the ball – the homecoming queen – to attract your beau. This was one of the insights of the so-called “Plan A+”, a paper published by the Institute for Economic Affairs on Monday. As well as laying out an alternative Brexit agreement – which the government has rejected, preferring to stick with Chequers – the paper also urges them to turn from their sequential approach (agreeing a deal with the EU and then beginning negotiations with non-EU countries) to a parallel approach. – Matthew Elliott for City A.M.

Express: Now the US backs the UK over our Brexit decision

Now is the time for us to become a world powerhouse together with our friends across the Atlantic, while at the same time the Prime Minister is laying out ambitious plans for us to become a low-tax, business-friendly economy. The outlook could scarcely look brighter and while it would clearly be better to leave the EU with a trade deal, if we are forced to go with no deal then we still have all to play for. On which note, the EU itself might like to reflect on the decision of US business leaders to speak up in defence of Brexit. We are talking about extremely hard-nosed corporate individuals here, who have no particular axe to grind in giving their support to what our country has decided to do next. They are saying this because they mean it, a message that should not be lost on EU members across the Channel. We have long said that the EU has far more to lose than we do if we go without a deal and we can only hope that Messrs Barnier, Tusk and co have the common sense to realise that before imposing hardship on their own people. It is in all our interests to make Brexit a success. – Express

Martin Kettle: Could Corbyn solve Brexit and save Britain? I can almost imagine it now

As Jeremy Corbyn gazed out over the 2018 Labour conference on Wednesday, after the most confident and relaxed speech of his time as leader, he will have seen an energised party about which two apparently incompatible generalisations can be made. The first is that, three years into the Corbyn revolution, Labour has now been radically transformed into a party in the leader’s own far-left political image. The second is that Labour’s many factions, interest groups and traditions are nevertheless mostly managing to work together in a surprisingly pragmatic way. – Martin Kettle for the Guardian

Brexit in Brief

  • Total respect for the PM in standing up to the EU – Express editorial
  • Emmanuel Macron says he’d welcome UK back to EU if voters change their minds – Bloomberg
  • Another UKIP MEP quits the party – Sky News
  • Chancellor calls early Budget to fit round Brexit talks – BBC News
  • Brussels to name square after murdered MP Jo Cox – BBC News
  • UK remains home to the top two universities in the world – Metro