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Jeremy Corbyn ‘not encouraged’ by draft Brexit deal ahead of cabinet talks

"Nothing I’ve heard today encourages me to think that there is anything we can support"

14 November, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the Islington People’s Rights AGM on Tuesday night

LABOUR Party leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke out against the government’s Brexit deal tonight (Tuesday) as cabinet members prepare for crunch talks tomorrow.

The Islington North MP gave a speech at charity Islington People’s Rights’s annual general meeting at the Resource for London offices in Holloway Road during which he criticised the government over Universal Credit benefit changes and renewed calls for a new housing policy with stricter rent controls to stop people being forced out of their homes.

When asked by the Tribune after the meeting if he would back a second referendum if Theresa May’s deal with the EU turned out to be a “bad deal”, he said: “We will test this government against the six tests that we have put forward and voted for. Nothing I’ve heard today encourages me to think that there is anything we can support.”

The text of the withdrawal deal which Britain could leave the EU with, a 500-page document, was being digested at Westminster this evening but had not been made fully public.

Labour’s ‘tests’, first outlined by the party in March last year, include demands for the “exact same benefits as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union” and guarantees to “ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities”.

Mrs May’s cabinet is expected to discuss and vote on the agreement at 2pm on Wednesday.

See the Tribune on Friday for a full report of the Islington People’s Rights AGM.

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