Wednesday 13 March 2019 / 8:10 PM Brexit / Jeremy Corbyn

Labour will urgently find a consensus for a way forward

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking in the House of Commons after the vote against No Deal, said:

“Tonight this House has once again definitely ruled out No Deal. The Prime Minister said the choice was between her deal and No Deal. In the last 24 hours Parliament has decisively rejected both her deal and No Deal. While an extension of Article 50 is now inevitable, the responsibility for that extension lies solely and squarely at the Prime Minister’s door.

“But extending Article 50 without a clear objective is not a solution. Parliament must now take control of the situation. In the days that follow, myself, the Shadow Brexit Secretary and others will have meetings with members across this House to find a compromise solution that can command support in the House. This means doing what the Prime Minister failed to do two years ago: search for a consensus on the way forward.

“Labour has set out a credible alternative plan. Honourable members across this House are coming forward with proposals, whether that’s for a permanent customs union, a public vote, Norway Plus or other ideas.

“Let us, as a House of Commons work now to find a solution – to deal with the crisis facing the country and the deep concerns that many people have for their livelihood, their lives, their future, their jobs, their communities and their factories. It’s up to us, as the House of Commons, to look for and find a solution to their concerns. That is what we were elected to do.”