Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for election to end Brexit impasse


Theresa May's government have suffered yet another humiliating defeat in the House of Commons - this time on an amendment which forces her to return to the House with a Plan B for Brexit within just 3 days, should her deal get voted down, as expected, next week.

MPs voted 308-297 on Wednesday in favour of demanding the government come up with an alternative plan within three working days after Tuesday's vote, rather than a planned 21-day limit, in a non-binding motion that nonetheless piles pressure on the government. "They say it simply doesn't guarantee the protections that we are seeking".

With less than three months before Britain is due to quit the European Union, parliament began a five-day battle over May's Brexit plan with a show of force - undermining her preferred timetable if lawmakers vote down her blueprint next Tuesday.

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith fears her party will be punished at the ballot box by voters in the region and slip behind the Tories into second place if Parliament ultimately votes for Brexit to go ahead.

With the clock running down to a no-deal Brexit in the absence of any agreement with Brussels, his words also appeared to be created to placate party members demanding a pause to allow a possible second referendum. Without an alternative, he said, the default position would be leaving without a deal.

The Labour leader repeatedly pushed Mrs May to rule out a no-deal Brexit in the Commons yesterday as Europe dominated their exchanges at Prime Minister's Questions.

During his speech Mr Corbyn said: " We will bring people together by addressing the deep-seated and common problems across our country and fulfilling the aspirations that led people to vote both leave or remain.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, delivering a speech on Brexit in Wakefield, stepped up calls for a general election to break the deadlock in Westminster.

The Government would remain under an global obligation to keep the border open, and it is understood ministers would be expected to seek alternative arrangements, possibly involving the use of new technology, within the 12-month deadline.

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"So if her deal is defeated next week, as I hope and expect it will, will the Prime Minister do the right thing and let the people have a real say and call a general election?" he added.

"MPs from Leave-voting seats told her they wanted to vote for the deal if she could make it more politically palatable".

A senior Downing Street source said they were "surprised" Mr Bercow permitted the division as ministers had received advice the business motion was unamendable. And there is no clear majority in Parliament for any single alternate course.

In response to Mr Corbyn, the chairman of Mrs May's Conservative Party said Labour did not have a plan for Brexit.

It came as Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to axe 5,000 of its 40,000 United Kingdom workforce, blaming uncertainty over Brexit as well as the economic slowdown in China.

However a former cabinet minister has said the prime minister is still not prepared to rule out crashing out of the European Union without a deal, despite around 220 MPs signing a letter urging her to rule it out.

Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who proposed the measure, said it was meant to speed up decisions, to help avoid a no-deal Brexit and "the calamitous consequences that would follow on from it".

May's de-facto deputy said it was a delusion to think the government would be able to negotiate a new divorce deal if parliament voted down hers.