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Corbyn claims EU is willing to renegotiate Brexit deal for “Sensible Jobs First Brexit”.

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Corbyn, “Brexit should be catalyst to invest, bringing good jobs and real control to local communities and people.”

It was heralded as a key speech on Labour’s plans for working with business and on its Brexit strategy.

Speaking to business leaders at the CBI’s annual conference in London, which will also be addressed by the prime minister, Corbyn will claim May’s deal, published last week, would “leave the country in an indefinite halfway house without a real say over our future”.

Instead, he will say, “a good Brexit plan for this country is not just about what can be negotiated with Brussels. It must also include a radical programme of investment and real change across our regions and nations.

“Brexit should be the catalyst to invest in our regions and infrastructure, bringing good jobs and real control to local communities and people.”

Sunday. Guardian.

Labour List reproduces the speech in full.

Key sections on Brexit:

“Labour has an alternative plan for a sensible jobs-first Brexit” – Corbyn’s CBI speech

Labour has set out an alternative plan for a sensible jobs-first agreement that could win support in parliament and help bring our country together.

First, we want a new comprehensive and permanent customs union with a British say in future trade deals that would ensure no hard border in Northern Ireland and avoid the need for the government’s half-baked backstop deal. Businesses and workers need certainty. The Tories’ sticking plaster plan for a temporary customs arrangement, with no clarity on how long it will last and no British say, can only prolong the uncertainty and put jobs and prosperity at risk.

Second, a sensible deal must guarantee a strong single market relationship. Talk of settling for a downgraded Canada-style arrangement is an option popular only on the extremes of the Tory Party. It would be a risk to our economy, jobs and investment in our schools, hospitals and vital public services.

Third, a deal that works for Britain must also guarantee that our country doesn’t fall behind the EU in workers’ rights or protections for consumers and the environment. Britain should be a world leader in rights and standards. We won’t let this Conservative Government use Brexit as an excuse for a race to the bottom in protections, to rip up our rights at work or to expose our children to chlorinated chicken by running down our product standards.

A good Brexit plan for this country is not just about what can be negotiated with Brussels. It must also include a radical programme of investment and real change across our regions and nations. Brexit should be the catalyst to invest in our regions and infrastructure, bringing good jobs and real control to local communities and people.

The Guardian noted this crucial point.

Our votes in parliament will be to attempt to stop this deal and to say to the government, ‘You’ve got to go back and negotiate something else’. There is time to do it. By the way, when the EU says there isn’t time, the EU has a long history of 11th hour negotiations. Even the Lisbon Treaty was renegotiated several times.

Speaking after consultation with EU negotiators and on behalf of the Nation, UNITE leader Len McClusky pointed yesterday to a different Brexit deal already on the table.

McCluskey said: “If the Prime Minister would only stop listening to the hard-line rump on her own backbenches, she would realise that there is a different deal available.

“That it is perfectly possible to secure a natural majority in parliament for leaving the European Union, as the British people mandated in June 2016 but in a way that unites the nation.

Huffington Post.

Word from President Macron is that France  is anxious to renegotiate another Brexit arrangement.

“Anybody who’s a friend of Jean-Luc Mélenchon  is more than welcome at the Élysée. It’s time to ditch all that tiresome Theresa May paperasse” said an Official Spokesperson.

Sounded out, many other European states welcomed the Labour Leader’s announcement.

Some already have their negotiator support teams working on a favourable response.

Jim Denham offers a guide to the details of Corbyn’s speech.

Labour would get a better deal in three months than the government has managed in two years by asking more nicely, but if we needed longer we could use the transition period to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement that must be agreed for the transition period to come into effect and we don’t like the Brexit deal agreed by Brussels, because it doesn’t provide the exact same benefits of EU membership which I disliked because of state aid and competition rules, but remaining is not necessarily better than leaving with no deal at all, and the outcome of the referendum must be respected but all options remain on the table, but a second referendum is not an option for today but could be tomorrow, and if it was I don’t know how I would vote.

Corbyn’s position on Brexit summarised

In case this is too complicated the position of the Brexit Bolsheviks is on offer, as set out by Socialist Worker:

Our alternative is to leave the EU and simultaneously begin transforming the whole basis of a society based on capitalist policies and priorities.

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Written by Andrew Coates

November 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm

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  1. “Word from President Macron is that France is anxious to renegotiate another Brexit arrangement.

    “Anybody who’s a friend of Jean-Luc Mélenchon is more than welcome at the Élysée. It’s time to ditch all that tiresome Theresa May paperasse” said an Official Spokesperson.” Really.

    Jim Monaghan

    November 20, 2018 at 8:17 pm

  2. Just come across this at the BBC’s fact-check service, from September, re Labour’s Brexit policy:

    “Take test number two: does a deal give the UK the “exact same benefits” as membership of the single market and the customs union?

    Well there’s only really one way to achieve the “exact same benefits” and that’s staying in the single market and the customs union, which is not official Labour policy. Labour says it wants to stay in “a” customs union, and stay as close to the single market as possible.

    That is not the same as membership, so you can argue that even current Labour policy would fail its own test.

    Labour is keen to emphasise that the six tests are based on promises and commitments the government made about what it would achieve in Brexit negotiations.

    So this process was certainly a way of holding the government to account. But the tests were also broad enough to cope with divisions within the Labour party about the best way forward.

    Now, though, the six tests have led to a decisive moment – barring unexpected developments, Labour will vote against a Brexit deal, increasing the chances that it will get rejected.

    Sir Keir says that’s because the government has “no credible plan” for Brexit.

    But does the Labour party have one?

    Sir Keir confirmed that Labour wanted a general election if the government was defeated in a “meaningful vote” on Brexit, although Jeremy Corbyn later said he would also try to send the government back to Brussels to negotiate again.

    In other words, very little in Labour’s Brexit strategy appears to be set in stone.

    The trouble with the idea of calling for another election is that it’s not in Labour’s gift. If Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call for an election, under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act two-thirds of MPs would have to vote in favour (or go through a no-confidence procedure).

    And even if a snap election were to take place, it’s not clear what would be in a Labour manifesto. Would it include explicit support for another referendum? Would it openly support staying in the single market, even on an interim basis?

    Jim Denham

    November 21, 2018 at 11:32 am

  3. That just about sums it up Jim….

    Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2018 at 2:05 pm

  4. Really, really, mon petit droit m’a dit…

    Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm


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