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JEREMY CORBYN exposed Tory divisions over Brexit today as he put pressure on Theresa May to clarify what type of deal she is seeking from the EU.
At Prime Minister’s Questions the Labour leader opened the session by joking: “Yesterday the Brexit Secretary [David Davis] assured the country that Brexit will not plunge Britain into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction.
“Doesn’t the Prime Minister feel he could set the bar just a little bit higher?”
As evidence of Tory schemes to secure a bosses’ Brexit, he pointed to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s plotting last year to scrap the EU working-time directive and brought up the letter that Ms May has received from 62 Brexit-happy Tory backbenchers, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, who, he said, want a “bonfire of regulations.”
The letter, demanding full regulatory autonomy from the EU, precedes tomorrow’s crunch Cabinet meeting intended to determine how to proceed in negotiations with Brussels.
Anti-Brexit Tory MP Nicky Morgan has described it as a ransom note since the 62 MPs can collect enough signatures among themselves to trigger a party leadership election.
Mr Corbyn said the government had ditched its position of seeking tariff-free trade with Europe and replaced it with “as tariff-free as possible.”
After Mrs May played down concerns about the potential for a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Mr Corbyn said: "The Foreign Secretary [Boris Johnson] recently made a speech about Brexit and he found time to mention carrots, Spam, V-signs, stag parties and a plague of boils. Not one mention of Northern Ireland in his speech."
Mr Corbyn said: “We’re halfway through the six speeches we were told would set out the government’s negotiating position.
“So far, all we’ve had is waffle and empty rhetoric. Businesses need to know, people want to know, even her backbenchers are demanding to know, but it isn’t clear from today’s exchanges.
“This government isn’t on the road to Brexit, Mr Speaker. It’s on the road to nowhere.”
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