Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Brexit news: Corbyn plots tactics to block no deal as he risks sabotaging Boris’s EU talks | Politics | News

In a letter, Mr Corbyn said: “The country is heading into a constitutional and political storm, so it is vital that we meet urgently, before Parliament returns. “The chaos and dislocation of Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit is real and threatening, as the Government’s leaked Operation Yellowhammer dossier makes crystal clear. That’s why we must do everything we can to stop it.” The meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday August 27 at 12pm.

The letter is addressed to 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.

Remain-backing Tory MPs Guto Bebb, Dominic Grieve, Sir Oliver Letwin and Caroline Spelman are also copied in, as is former Conservative minister Nick Boles, who resigned the whip in opposition to the Government’s approach to Brexit.

Mr Corbyn wrote to senior opposition politicians last week and outlined proposals to call a vote of no confidence in the Government in the autumn.

Under the proposals, Mr Corbyn would lead a “time-limited” government which would extend Article 50 and call a general election.

This was met with opposition from the Lib Dems, with new leader Ms Swinson saying Mr Corbyn was too divisive to lead a government of national unity.

She instead suggested senior Conservative and Labour backbenchers Ken Clarke and Harriet Harman could take the helm.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this afternoon. 

He told Ms Merkel that Britain wants to do a Brexit deal but the “undemocratic” Irish border backstop must be axed in full to prevent a no-deal exit.

READ MORE: Johnson tells Merkel Irish backstop must be scrapped for a Brexit deal

Ms Merkel responded Britain would have to put forward proposals to ensure that the Irish border problem is solved ahead of October 31.

She added Germany was keen to “shape the future relationship in a way that would address this point”, but showed no willingness to remove the backstop from the withdrawal agreement, which was negotiated with Mr Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May.

She said: “In a way this is an expression of a problem we have not yet solved, once we have seen and say this could be a possible arrangement the backstop as a place holder is not needed.

“The backstop has always been a fallback if one is unable to solve this conundrum.”


Mr Johnson insisted he was “absolutely clear” that he wants to conclude a Brexit deal.

He said Germany would still be one of Britain’s vital international partners going forward.

And he said the UK and Germany are “shoulder to shoulder” in supporting global security, climate change, democracy and the rules-based order.

“I just want to be absolutely clear with all our german friends, and government, we in the UK want a deal, we seek a deal. I believe we can get one, we can do it

As Mr Johnson arrived to greet the chancellor, protesters outside the Chancellery gates shouted “Stop Brexit”.

Ms Merkel has promised to discuss “practical solutions” to the Irish border insurance policy or “backstop” that Johnson says is unacceptable – but she said the Withdrawal Agreement would not be reopened.

Earlier this week, Mr Johnson said the EU was being “a bit negative”, but that a deal could be done.

If not, he said, the United Kingdom would leave without one.

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