I will only accept Brexit on MY terms says Jeremy Corbyn as he tells Theresa May he'll force a …

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I will only accept Brexit on MY terms says Jeremy Corbyn as he tells Theresa May he'll force a …

  • Labour leader said Mrs May would have to meet his four ‘bottom lines’
  • Included access to single market and no changes to workplace rights
  • Also wanted guarantees on environment and funds for capital investment

Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Jeremy Corbyn has threatened an attempt to force a spring election if Theresa May does not meet his Brexit demands, including continued access to the single market.

The Labour leader said he would only tell his MPs to support a government vote to enact Article 50 if the Prime Minister met his four ‘bottom lines’.

Along with single market access these were, ‘no watering down of EU workplace rights’, ‘guarantees on safeguarding consumers and the environment’ and a promise for the UK government to fund any EU capital investments lost by Brexit. 

Jeremy Corbyn has threatened an attempt to force a spring election if Theresa May does not meet his Brexit demands, including continued access to the single market

Jeremy Corbyn has threatened an attempt to force a spring election if Theresa May does not meet his Brexit demands, including continued access to the single market

Mr Corbyn told The Sunday Mirror: ‘These must be the basis of the negotiations. And it doesn’t necessarily cause a delay. 

‘We are not challenging the referendum. We are not calling for a second referendum. We’re calling for market access for British industry to Europe.’ 

Mrs May’s government has a majority of just 12, so she could be forced to call an election to vote through Article 50 if Mr Corbyn joined with Remain-supporting Conservatives and MPs from other parties to block it. 

The Prime Minister wanted to enact the legislation, which starts a two-year negotiating period for leaving the EU, without the consent of Parliament.

But, on Thursday, the High Court ruled she does not the authority to do this without a vote of MPs and peers. 

The Government will appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court next month.  

On Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn had ducked questions over whether he would welcome an early election as he accused the media of harassing him.

In a speech to a left wing think tank, the Labour leader said Theresa May must set out her Brexit negotiating terms to Parliament ‘without delay’ in the wake of the High Court ruling.

The Labour leader said he would only tell his MPs to support a government vote to enact Article 50 if the Prime Minister met his four 'bottom lines'

The Labour leader said he would only tell his MPs to support a government vote to enact Article 50 if the Prime Minister met his four ‘bottom lines’

He claimed the Government opposes democratic scrutiny of its plans because ‘there aren’t any’.

The surprise legal ruling followed by the resignation of Tory MP Stephen Phillips has fuelled speculation that Mrs May will end up going to the polls before 2020.

Mr Corbyn refused to say whether he would be happy if there was an early election when asked by ITV.

The single question pitched at the Labour leader after his address in central London left him clearly irked.

As aides intervened to stop him being quizzed by the media, he walked away saying: ‘Can we go outside because we are being harassed here?’

Mr Corbyn told the conference organised by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies that the Prime Minister was leading a ‘mean minded, backward looking’ government stuck in a Thatcherite time warp.

Labour would go after tax dodgers and put an end to ‘shabby’ sweetheart deals with big business, he said.

‘There is nothing more unpatriotic than not paying your taxes,’ he said.

Calling for greater transparency about the Government’s plans for EU withdrawal, Mr Corbyn said all UK businesses should be given ‘assurances’ over the impact of Brexit to match those made to Japanese car-maker Nissan before its announcement of new investment in Sunderland.

Mrs May's government has a majority of just 12, so she could be forced to call an election to vote through Article 50 if Mr Corbyn joined with Remain-supporting Conservatives and MPs from other parties to block it

Mrs May’s government has a majority of just 12, so she could be forced to call an election to vote through Article 50 if Mr Corbyn joined with Remain-supporting Conservatives and MPs from other parties to block it

He said: ‘All our businesses need the kind of assurances that apparently Nissan has had about the shape of the Government’s Brexit plans to make the right investment decisions.

‘Thursday’s High Court decision underlines the necessity that the Prime Minister brings the Government’s negotiating terms for Brexit to Parliament without delay.

‘We accept and respect the decision to leave the European Union. But there must be transparency and accountability to Parliament about the Government’s plans.

‘I suspect the Government opposes democratic scrutiny of its plans because – frankly – there aren’t any plans, beyond the hollow rhetoric of ‘Brexit means Brexit’.’     

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Published at Sat, 05 Nov 2016 21:20:03 +0000

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