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May's Plan B is the same as Plan A, says Jeremy Corbyn

JEREMY CORBYN challenged Theresa May today to state which of her own Brexit “red lines” she would be prepared to erase in order to gain consensus and break the deadlock.

His response to her statement stated that nothing she had said suggested that any changes will be made to the original Brexit plan – the Withdrawal Agreement that was voted down by 230 MPs last week.

Dodging the question, Ms May derided him for refusing to engage in her attempts to hold cross-party talks.

Mr Corbyn said that the “PR sham” talks resulted in no changes to her unpopular plan despite her promising to be “more flexible and inclusive” after she suffered the biggest Commons defeat in British history.

He likened the government’s lack of progress to the film Groundhog Day and said that she has yet to “come to terms” with her colossal defeat over her deal.

“She must change her red lines because her current deal is undeliverable,” Mr Corbyn said.

Every opposition party leader that attended talks with her after the deal was voted down has said that she showed no flexibility over her plan, he said.

He continued: “Contrary to what the Prime Minister just said there was no flexibility, there were no negotiations – nothing had changed.”

He asked Ms May to clarify what “concessions” she will seek from the EU over the Irish border backstop.

Mr Corbyn said: “What makes her think that what she tried to renegotiate in December will succeed in January?

“This really does feel a bit like Groundhog Day.”

Mr Corbyn again pushed Ms May to rule out a no-deal Brexit and “stop the colossal waste” of public money preparing for such an outcome.

The PM said: “He makes lots of claims about what has been said in the talks held so far, but actually he doesn’t know because he didn’t turn up to these talks.”

Mr Corbyn welcomed an unexpected announcement by Ms May that the £65 fee for EU nationals to apply for their right to stay in Britain will be waived and those charged under the pilot scheme will be reimbursed.


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