Thursday 21 March 2019 / 6:00 AM Brexit / Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn in Brussels to progress talks on credible alternative Brexit plan

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, will travel to Brussels today for high level talks with EU leaders. In meetings with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Martin Selmayr, the secretary general of the EU Commission, two EU commissioners and seven EU Prime Ministers, Corbyn will express his confidence that an alternative to Theresa May’s botched deal can be agreed in parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn’s meetings will take place immediately before the pivotal EU Council meeting, which will discuss Brexit and the UK parliament’s vote for an extension to Article 50.

The trip follows the Labour leader holding a series of meetings with senior MPs from across parliament to find an alternative consensus on Brexit to Theresa May’s twice rejected botched deal.

Speaking ahead of the Brussels meetings, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Theresa May’s botched deal has been overwhelming rejected twice by parliament. It should not be brought back for a third time of asking. Her government is in chaos, and she is arrogantly trying to bully Parliament to vote for the same bad deal.

“After serious talks with senior MPs from across parliament, I believe it should be possible to agree a deal with the EU that secures a close economic relationship before the European parliament elections. I look forward to discussing this with European leaders today.

“It’s time for MPs to work together, find a consensus that can get through parliament, be negotiated with the EU in time and bring leave and remain voters together. We believe that consensus can be based on our alternative plan, which would provide protection for manufacturing and jobs, guarantee our rights and end the chaos and uncertainty that the government is inflicting on our country.”