Monday 11 March 2019 / 11:02 PM Brexit / Jeremy Corbyn

The Prime Minister’s negotiations have failed – Jeremy Corbyn responds to Prime Minister’s Strasbourg statement

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to Prime Minister’s statement from Strasbourg this evening, said:

“The Prime Minister’s negotiations have failed. This evening’s agreement with the European Commission does not contain anything approaching the changes Theresa May promised Parliament, and whipped her MPs to vote for.

“Since her Brexit deal was so overwhelmingly rejected, the Prime Minister has recklessly run down the clock, failed to effectively negotiate with the EU and refused to find common ground for a deal Parliament could support.

“That’s why MPs must reject this deal tomorrow.”

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Notes to editors:

  • On 29 January, the Prime Minister backed the so-called Brady amendment calling for the backstop “to be replaced with alternative arrangements.”
  • On 12 February, she said the Government was seeking three potential changes to the backstop: a “legally binding time limit”, “a legally binding unilateral exit clause” or “the ideas put forward by the Alternative Arrangements Working Group.”
  • This evening’s agreement does not meet those changes.