THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 5th April 2019


May to talk with Corbyn

by New Worker correspondent

THE PRIME Minister has called for talks with Jeremy Corbyn in yet another attempt to end the Brexit crisis that has torn the House of Commons apart over the last few months. But the offer, which has been accepted by the Labour leader, has enraged some Tory backbenchers and two junior ministers have resigned in protest.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation into a video that appears to show soldiers firing shots at a picture of Jeremy Corbyn. They are believed to be members of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment at the New Kabul Compound in Afghanistan. The Army says it is aware of the video and an investigation has been launched. “This behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects,” a military spokesman said. The video, which shows four paratroopers using a portrait of the Labour leader for target practice, has been condemned by senior Tory and Labour MPs.

Mrs May’s government is on its last legs after MPs rejected four motions presenting different Brexit alternatives on Monday. The four proposals sought to avoid a potentially damaging no-deal Brexit before the European Union’s (EU) 12th April deadline. The rejected motions considered negotiating a permanent customs union with the EU, a second Brexit referendum, revoking Brexit to avoid a no-deal exit, or accepting May’s Brexit on the condition of negotiations seeking a new EU customs and single market arrangement.

The motions were not legally binding but could have potentially pressured the government to agree to an alternative plan if a strong majority on one of the proposals had been achieved. Following the vote, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay suggested that the government may bring the deal for a fourth vote this week to avoid a longer delay to Brexit.

He warned that “the default legal position is the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days time” without a deal.

Mrs May and a substantial number of Remainers on both sides of the House are determined to stop a “no-deal” Brexit, even though this was what the British public essentially voted for in 2016. But the Tory leader cannot command enough support within her own ranks for her Brexit deal, which would keep Britain in the EU in all but name, so she has now turned to Labour to throw her a life-line.

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Jeremy Corbyn said he welcomed the Prime Minister’s “willingness to compromise to resolve the Brexit deadlock”. Mrs May says that if she can reach a unified position on Brexit with Corbyn it would be put to MPs for their approval before being taken to the European Council next week.

If the two party leaders could not reach an agreement, other options would be put to the House of Commons for a vote. But Labour’s current support for a “customs union” and the “single market” differs little from Mrs May’s own proposals, which have all fallen in Parliament.

Corbyn did also say that Labour “reserved the right” to table another motion of no-confidence in May’s government if it proves it is “incapable of commanding a majority in the House of Commons” — but “time will tell” on that front.

Well it already has as far as millions of workers are concerned. We voted for Brexit and that’s what we want, and if the Tory-led coalition cannot deliver it — and it clearly can’t — then it must be brought down in parliament to pave the way for fresh elections.

For us the issue is clear. We want another election to get Labour in and the Tories out. We want Labour to stand by the people’s vote to leave the EU without any ifs or buts. And the surest guarantee of Brexit is a massive majority for Labour at the next election.