Jeremy Corbyn’s party is continuing to send more pro-Brexit, northern voices from the shadow Cabinet for media duties, but keeping the likes of Diane Abbott, Emily Thornberry and Sir Keir Starmer hidden away. All three – who have been prominent voices in the three-years since the EU referendum in June 2016 – have been conspicuous by their absence. Rebecca Long-Bailey and Andy McDonald have all been offered several hours of airtime over the past few days, while Richard Burgon represented Labour on the ITV live election debate on Sunday evening.
Laura Piddock is being given her chance to shine today, where she will be touring studios this morning as part of Labour’s attack on the UK’s worst employers.
Turning his attention away from Brexit, Mr Corbyn has vowed to stand up for “exploited, ripped off and dehumanised workers”, and has called out five companies – Amazon, Uber, Asda, Sports Direct and outsourcing giant ISS.
Labour has continued to cause confusion over its stance on Brexit, with Mr Corbyn stating he will remain “neutral” in the event of a second referendum – meaning he will not campaign for either leave or remain.
The Brexit party’s policy is to meet with the European Union and negotiate a deal within three months of coming to power before putting it to a new referendum, alongside an option to remain in the bloc, within six months.
The Liberal Democrats have urged Boris Johnson to use talks with Donald Trump this week to protect British farmers and consumers in any post-Brexit trade deal with the US.
The party’s leader Jo Swinson wants the Prime Minister to ensure discussions on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London clarify the UK will maintain its food standards.
She claims leaked documents from the UK-US trade talks show Washington officials are pushing for Britain to allow greater use of chemicals in food production.
According to the Lib Dems, that would include chlorine-washing chicken and growth hormones in beef cattle.
The party has also insisted Brexit would trigger a loss of EU financial support got farmers, tariffs for the 80 percent of UK agricultural products that are traded with the EU and labour shortages due to the end of free movement.
Ms Swindon said: “Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans threaten to put our farmers out of business, through crippling tariffs for exports to the EU and labour shortages that would leave food rotting in the fields.
“To make matters worse, Johnson’s desperation for a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump means UK farmers risk being undercut by low-standard imports from the US.
“Boris Johnson must give a guarantee that our farmers and world-leading food standards will not be sacrificed on the altar of a Trump trade deal.
Brexiteers will be told how to make their ballot paper count in the election using a tactical voting website. Unite2Leave will allow Leavers to see which Brexit-backing candidate has the greatest chance of winning in each constituency.
The voting database was created by the former Brexit Party hopeful for Broxtowe Calvin Robinson. He said:
“Brexit is on the line. We’ve fought so hard to take back control and to get out of the EU and we are so close to achieving that aim.
“But if voters aren’t tactical, we will lose it all. That’s why I stood down as Brexit Party candidate in Broxtowe.
“We are all united by our belief in Brexit and we must support the candidates who are best placed to deliver Brexit.
“Our principal aim in every case is to stop Jeremy Corbyn from becoming Prime Minister – that would spell the death of Brexit.
“If Leave-supporting voters want to make their vote count, they must ensure we rally around the candidate most likely to stop Jeremy Corbyn in his tracks.”
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Following a briefing from chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the former European Commission President asked for advice in the “college of commissioners”, a weekly Cabinet-style meeting in Brussels, according to The Daily Telegraph. Britain’s EU commissioner Sir Julian King and Irish counterpart Phil Hogan both warned him the deep historical problems around the Irish border could not be solved by a legalistic text such as the backstop.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party is continuing to send more pro-Brexit, northern voices from the shadow Cabinet for media duties, but keeping the likes of Diane Abbott, Emily Thornberry and Sir Keir Starmer hidden away. All three – who have been prominent voices in the three-years since the EU referendum in June 2016 – have been conspicuous by their absence.