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Brexit protesters ask Corbyn to join them

Labour leader urged to campaign to remain in EU

11 October, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Jeremy Corbyn after meeting members of the campaign group Islington in Europe

JEREMY Corbyn met with a leading pro-remain group in Islington where they invited him to join them at a demonstration calling for a new referendum.

Representatives from Islington in Europe (IE) joined the Labour leader at his Finsbury Park offices on Friday for an hour-long face-to-face to discuss Brexit, after three years of asking the Islington North MP’s team for a meeting.

The group, which has been relentlessly pound­ing the streets in support of a second referendum and a “remain” position, invited Mr Corbyn to join them outside Westminster on October 19 to address a planned “People’s Vote” march.

The government has announced that the House of Commons will sit on that day.

IE spokeswoman Judith Palmer said: “I pointed out to Jeremy that it would be very convenient for Jeremy to join the march on October 19 as it would right outside his office door.”

Mr Corbyn did not commit to attending.

Labour’s policy is to prioritise blocking Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “do or die” plans to take the UK out of the EU on Halloween, potentially without a deal.

Following a vote at conference two weeks ago, Labour delegates decided the party should take a neutral stance at any new national vote on Brexit, despite pressure from other members to campaign for remain.

“We told Jeremy that he can’t take remain-supporting voters in his constituency for granted, even if they have always voted Labour,” Ms Palmer said. “We also put forward the view that we felt strongly that a referendum should come before a general election. The likelihood is we will get another hung parliament.

“The nation is in crisis and one of the key players is here in Islington.”

Ms Palmer, who is a director of the Poetry Society, gifted Mr Corbyn a selection of poems.

Mr Corbyn thanked her and quoted John Masefield’s Cargoes and, in turn, Ms Palmer quoted William Butler Yates’ He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “Jeremy was pleased to meet this group of constituents and discuss how to end the Brexit crisis.

“As Jeremy set out in the meeting, Labour will end the Brexit crisis by letting the people decide, with the choice of a credible leave deal alongside remain.”

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