Jeremy Corbyn confirms he would vote Remain if second referendum held tomorrow

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Jeremy Corbyn said David Davis and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier were making opposing statements about the talks
Jeremy Corbyn said David Davis and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier were making opposing statements about the talks
12 October 2017 3:30PM

Jeremy Corbyn has said he would vote Remain again as he attacked "shocking" progress over Brexit talks and warned Britain could “fall out of the EU” without a deal.

The Labour leader said David Davis and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier were making opposing statements about how the talks were going, and both could not be right.

He confirmed he would still vote for Remain if a second referendum were held tomorrow, but insisted that was a hypothetical question.

Speaking during a visit to Shipley, West Yorkshire, Mr Corbyn said: “I think it is quite shocking.

“We are now 15 months on since the referendum and the Government seems to have reached deadlock at every stage.

“Every time there’s talks between David Davis and Michel Barnier, both come out making opposite statements.

“David Davis says it’s gone well and Michel Barnier says it isn’t.

“They can’t both be right.”

Mr Corbyn said Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has written to Mr Davis urging him to make progress before the European Council of Ministers meet next week.

Mr Corbyn said: “The danger is we will get to March 2019 with no deal, we fall out of the EU, we go on to World Trade Organisation rules and there will be threats to a lot of jobs all across Britain.”

Asked if he would vote Remain if the referendum was held tomorrow, he replied: “There isn’t going to be another referendum, so it’s a hypothetical question but yes I voted Remain because I thought the best option was to remain, I haven’t changed my mind on that.

“But we accept the result of the referendum therefore we want to make sure we obtain tariff-free access to the European markets and protection of all the rights and membership of agencies we have achieved through the European Union membership.”