Corbyn: May failed to receive assurances on Irish backstop

Politics 1/14/2019, 6:02 PM
Corbyn: May failed to receive assurances on Irish backstop

The leader of the United Kingdom Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said today that Prime Minister Theresa May "failed to receive assurances" from the European Union regarding the contentious Irish backstop plan. As he responded to May's statement, he noted that Attorney General Geoffrey Cox also warned that today's letter from the presidents of the European Council and European Commission Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker "does not alter his earlier assessments" which warned about the UK being locked into the backstop.

PM May, Corbyn claimed, "has completely and utterly failed to receive assurances," stating that the government is trying to hide this fact from MPs. The deal up for voting tomorrow is the same deal "MPs should have voted on in December," he said. Commenting on May's claim that MPs who don’t support her are undermining faith in democracy, Corbyn said that "the person who is undermining democracy is May herself."

Warning about the prime minister's "humiliating defeat" in tomorrow's vote, for which she can blame only herself, the opposition leader called for a general election as the present government remains in "disarray."

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