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Labour’s different Brexit

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Labour’s different Brexit
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BRITAIN’s opposition Labour Party voted to open negotiations on a new Brexit deal at its conference this week.

Britain’s largest opposition party, the Labour Party, voted on Monday at its annual conference to attempt new negotiations on leaving the EU, the so-called Brexit, before widely anticipated general elections.

In the midst of hectic scenes at the party’s conference in Brighton, the vote resulted in abandoning a proposal that would have made the party campaign for remaining in the EU, causing some to demand that a vote remain an option on remaining in the future.

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been pushing for the party to postpone its initial campaigning position on Brexit in the run up to widely anticipated general elections as he has made it clear that his main concern is to avoid crashing out of the EU with no deal.

Corbyn’s proposal said the party would not campaign to remain and instead would try to settle on a second referendum that would allow new voters to vote on Britain’s remaining in the European Union.

Corbyn said that remaining or leaving would likely cause the same issues in terms of the economy as well as the standard of living in Britain. He campaigned against Brexit in the 2016 referendum, but the Labour Party will now decide on its new stance at another conference after the general elections.   

Significant Labour figures disagree with Brexit and support voting for remaining in the EU. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is among those who support this option. “I do not believe this decision reflects the views of the overwhelming majority of Labour members who desperately want to stop Brexit. Labour IS a Remain party,” Khan wrote in a tweet this week. “I will continue campaigning with @LondonLabour to give the public the final say and stop Brexit.”

After former UK prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was declined several times by parliament, May was left with no option but to resign the premiership. She was replaced by Boris Johnson, who became prime minister in July. His strategy in re-negotiating the deal with the EU has included proroguing, or suspending, the UK parliament for five weeks until October.

The UK Supreme Court reacted by ruling that Johnson’s suspension of parliament was unlawful on Tuesday this week, adding that it was wrong to stop MPs from debating Brexit before the exit date of 31 October.

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