Corbyn DEMANDS May keep Tory-Labour talks alive by calling for second referendum

The veteran left-winger said it is “scandalous” that she has not sought a dialogue with Labour on Brexit over the past few weeks. Mr Corbyn issued a scathing attack on Mrs May while once again pushing for a second referendum on the 2016 Brexit vote. He said: “Just three weeks ago she said she wasn’t prepared to delay Brexit beyond the 30th of June. “But now we’re holding European elections, not knowing whether MEPs will take their seats or for how long. It’s extraordinary.”We cannot remain stuck in this loop for another six months.

“I urge the Prime Minister not to see this extension as another chance to flog her dead deal.”

Mr Corbyn added: “We’ve put forward a sensible alternative plan that would ensure a close economic relationship with the EU after Brexit.

“If it’s not possible, we believe all options should remain on the table including the option of a public vote.”

Mr Corbyn also said Mrs May should not use the delay of Brexit until October 31 as a chance to put her Withdrawal Agreement to the Commons again.

Referring to talks that have collapsed between the two parties, Mr Corbyn said: “It’s scandalous that it came so late in the Brexit process, not at the eleventh hour, not even at five to midnight, but at five past midnight after she missed her own deadline of the 29th of March.

“Nevertheless, we’re engaging in the talks in a serious and constructive way.

“But we must see those red lines moving and we must see real compromise.

“And I have to say, it is a challenge to negotiate with a Government that’s collapsing – when you can’t be sure if commitments made by the Prime Minister will survive the week and when Cabinet collective responsibility has given way to collective irresponsibility, with ministers contradicting each other on the airwaves.

“Nearly everyone now agrees that the Prime Minister could and should have tried to build a consensus much earlier.”

Theresa May was granted a six-month Brexit extension until the end of October after the Prime Minister originally wrote to the bloc to ask for a delay until June 30.

Mrs May has said she will not be renegotiating the Irish backstop after extending Article 50.

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