Published On: Sat, Aug 17th, 2019

Brexit news: DUP leader shames Remainers bid to halt Brexit | UK | News

Prime Minister has repeatedly said the UK will be leaving the European Union with or without a deal at the end of October this year. But, Opposition parties have hinted they will try to find a way to block a no deal , with the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson key in halting Britain’s departure at the end of October. Speaking on Sky News, DUP leader Arlene Foster has attacked those “trying to stop that referendum result”.

She said: “We are very focused on what needs to be done, we need to deliver Brexit, we need to strengthen the Union and we need to also deliver devotion here in Northern Ireland, those are the three things I am very focused on.

“The people in the United Kingdom spoke in 2016, they spoke in a very clear way, and therefore, that should be respected.

“Those people who are trying to stop that referendum result, need to look at themselves and ask themselves, are they true democrats?”

Since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Johnson has demanded the European Union makes changes to the withdrawal agreement, and eject the controversial backstop mechanism from the deal, before Britain returns to talks with the bloc.

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But, the European Union has so far stood firm, insisting the withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation, pushing the UK towards no deal.

Earlier this week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to fellow opposition MPs and some Tory Remainers, calling for them to back him as a caretaker prime minister until a general election to halt the threat of a no deal Brexit at the end of October this year.

But, the move was described as “nonsense” by the Lib Dem leader, as Tory grandee Ken Clarke and senior Labour MP Harriet Harman were tipped as potential candidates to lead an emergency government to try to halt a no deal exit from the European Union.

On Friday, Mr Corbyn told PA: “It’s not up to Jo Swinson to choose candidates, it’s not up to Jo Swinson to decide who the next prime minister is going to be.

He said: “It is all very well to say could you have an interim government or could you have this mechanism or that mechanism? There are several mechanisms available. The issue is what would that interim government do, or what would some mechanism produce substantively. You can’t just say, ‘I don’t want to have a no deal exit’, you have got to say ‘what else do I want to have’, you have to get an agreement on that.”

He continued: “You are not going to get people to vote for any mechanism of that or any other until they know what the end game is. What is the thing they can all agree would happen instead of leaving on October 31. I have to say at the moment I am not terribly optimistic about all this because I don’t see emerging an agreement on that. That is why I think we need to talk, talk a lot, talk frankly, accept people have different first preferences, we have got to find something a majority can agree to.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to the Liberal Democrat leader to try to get her to back Mr Corbyn’s original plan, after Ms Swinson suggested the Labour leader was not the right man for the job.

He wrote: “There is no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn is the only viable choice to lead a temporary government of national unity in order to stop no deal.

“There is simply no viable parliamentary majority or justification for any of the alternatives you have put forward.”

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