Labour mulls second Brexit referendum in manifesto
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 2:27
The former leader of the Labour Party, 75, made his dire prediction ahead of the general election scheduled to take place on June 8, 2017.
He said Conservative Party leader May would use this election to consolidate power ahead of ongoing Brexit negotiations but neglect "the issues that affect people every day".
Instead, Labour wants a "good process by which we continue to trade with Europe".
However this idea has not yet got the backing of the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn, the report said. "He was vilified, vilified beyond belief, when he was elected as the first ever Labour MP", Corbyn said.
The party's leaders¸ Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, have written to Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron offering the deal.
The speech came as a poll gave Theresa May's Tories an even larger lead: 24 points.
People who say they are prepared to trot off to the polling station and vote Labour, nevertheless believe that a Conservative prime minister is a better option than what their own party has on offer. We truly are at a crossroads for Britain's future.
"Since she is likely to increase her majority it gives her greater confidence to dig her heels in for a proper Brexit deal and also gives her greater authority in any negotiations", Wilson said.
It comes as Labour Treasury Select Committee member Helen Goodman failed to defend her party leader when asked if he was a suitable candidate to be Prime Minister.
The party's policies, including those on Brexit, will be laid out in further detail in Labour's manifesto in the coming weeks.
Controversial business figures like Mike Ashley of Sports Direct, Sir Philip Green, Southern Rail and tax-avoiding multinationals should be "worried" about the prospect of a Labour government, said Mr Corbyn.
He spoke in defence of ordinary people who he said spent their lives working hard and in the end were left with nearly nothing.
Last year's vote to leave the European Union split Labour's traditional supporter base, which is divided between typically pro-EU inner city voters, and working-class voters in less affluent areas who voted in favor of Brexit.
"It is wealth that should belong to the majority and not a tiny minority".
Corbyn added: "Much of the media and Establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion".
But shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry played down suggestions new taxes might be introduced at this level, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme she understood why "many people" on this salary might feel they are "not rich".
Answering questions, Mr Corbyn said Labour's manifesto would be "fully costed and will be all accounted for and paid for".