Brexit Bulletin: Labour’s Challenger Seeks to Block Exit Talks
Would-be Labour Party leader Owen Smith is tapping into discontent over Brexit again in his bid to challenge Jeremy Corbyn. He promises today that he would try to block the start of exit talks by voting against any attempt to trigger Article 50 unless Prime Minister Theresa May commits beforehand to putting the final divorce deal to another referendum or a general election.
“The British people were lied to by the ‘Leave’ campaign: they deserve to have a say on whatever exit deal the Tories strike with the EU,” Smith said. “Nobody knows what Brexit looks like. It could involve trashing workers’ rights and environmental protections, opening our National Health Service up to foreign competition, making it harder for us to trade with our neighbors and damaging our economy.”
There are a few obstacles to the plan: one is that Corbyn remains bookmakers’ favorite to win the leadership contest. Labour obviously doesn’t have a majority in Parliament. And it’s not yet certain that May will seek Parliament’s approval to trigger Article 50. – READ MORE