British Labour leader tries to unite entire British opposition against Johnson's Brexit

London, August 28 (RHC)-- British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has intensified his drive to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s determined sprint toward a no-deal Brexit.  In what is being billed as one of the last concerted attempts at stopping a hard Brexit, Labour party leader Corbyn is set to meet other opposition party leaders to formulate a common approach against Johnson.

In a letter to opposition leaders dated August 21, Corbyn claims the country is heading into a “constitutional and political storm”, before suggesting a meeting at his office on August 27 to discuss a joint plan going forward.

In a related tweet, Corbyn pledged to explore “all tactics available” to stop Johnson.  According to multiple media reports, the Scottish National Party (SNP), Plaid Cymru the Liberal Democrats, Change UK and the Green party, have accepted Corbyn’s invitation and will be meeting him today at his parliamentary office.

In addition to his political outreach, Corbyn has also stepped up media-related activities to arrest the Tories’ momentum on Brexit.  Writing for the online newspaper, The Independent, on August 27, Corbyn vows to do “everything I can to stop a no-deal bankers’ Brexit.”

Describing a no-deal Brexit as “Trump’s deal”, Corbyn frames a hard Brexit in terms of a “battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top.”     

Despite the Labour leader’s renewed political push, there is widespread skepticism that a cross-party approach, led by Corbyn, can stop Johnson’s Brexit at this late hour.

The main sticking point appears to be Corbyn’s plan to become caretaker PM once he has defeated the government in a no-confidence vote.  The Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, is strongly opposed to Corbyn becoming caretaker PM.  In addition, the Liberal Democrats, who are opposed to any form of Brexit, want Corbyn to fully clarify his position on Brexit. 

Edited by Ed Newman


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