Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Brexit latest: Anna Soubry unites with Jeremy Corbyn to block Brexi | Politics | News

Labour leader invited chief Remainer politicians, including SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, Commons Plaid Cymru leader Liz Saville Roberts, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Change UK leader Anna Soubry, to a meeting on how to stop a no deal Brexit.

Ms Soubry tweeted today: “Pleased to confirm that I will be attending the cross party meeting called by #JeremyCorbyn

“It is imperative we stop #NoDealBrexit.

“All Brexit options will harm our economy – crashing out without a deal is the very worst & we will work with everyone to stop it. @ForChange_Now.”

The meeting will take place on August 27 at midday.

Mr Corbyn has vowed to lead a “time-limited” government which would extend Article 50 and then call a general election.

However, this suggestion has sparked outrage among some senior figures with Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson saying Corbyn is too divisive to lead a government of national unity.

She suggested Ken Clarke and Harriet Harman could be the interim leaders.

Ms Soubry has appeared to backtrack after she tweeted last week that Mr Corbyn’s letter was a “meaningless gesture”.

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“One, because I don’t think it’s genuine, secondly because it is not going to deliver a people’s vote, which is the only way through the chaos; and, of course, he doesn’t command support or respect in his own political party, never mind across the parliamentary divide.”

Mr Johnson is having lunch with Mr Macron today, who has made it clear renegotiating the EU withdrawal agreement was “not an option”.

The French president said: “The British are attached to being a great power, a member of the security council.

“The point can’t be to exit Europe and say ‘we’ll be stronger’, before in the end, becoming the junior partner of the United States, which are acting more and more hegemonically.

“Can the cost for Britain of a hard Brexit – because Britain will be the main victim – be offset by the United States of America? No.

And even if it were a strategic choice it would be at the cost of a historic vassalisation of Britain. I don’t think this is what Boris Johnson wants. I don’t think it is what the British people want. I don’t think it’s the will of the British people … to become the junior partner of the US.”

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