On Tuesday, April 18, Theresa May shocked the British public by announcing a snap general election to be held on June 8, and political rival Jeremy Corbyn was quick to give his input on her decision to not appear on televised debates this time around. The Labour Party leader, however, has no such qualms concerning his own involvement and as such gave his first speech earlier today, one in which he made it clear that there will be no second Brexit referendum should his party be elected to government.
As revealed by The Guardian, Jeremy Corbyn issued the statement as part of his formal launch of the Labour Party’s campaign to seek election. The issue of Brexit was brought up by reporters during question time, and the 67-year-old’s answer on the subject was far different from the opinion he previously voiced during the end of 2016, when the matter had become a seriously problematic one between Theresa May and parliament. Back then, the politician demanded “more transparency” when it came to the 60-year-old’s actual plans for Britain leaving the European Union, and admitted he did not see anything wrong with the possibility of a second referendum.
In his answer this time around, Jeremy Corbyn did not seem as keen to address the subject at length and curbed the discussion as quickly as possible. He did, however, bring into mention his party’s goal of “getting and retaining tariff-free access” to Europe’s market. Despite Britain exiting the EU, he continues, the main objective of continued negotiations is to create a “good process by which [Brtain] continues to trade with Europe”.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, says BBC, was asked repeatedly by media members present at the speech how he felt regarding a second Brexit referendum, a question he politely declined. The final answer was ultimately given by a Labour Party spokesperson, who confirmed that this possibility had already been squashed when it came to Jeremy Corbyn‘s upcoming political manifesto.
In addition, reports The Independent, the father of three has vowed to “overturn the rigged system” of which he feels the government has full control. Should his party be elected, the Chippenham native’s plan is to return power and wealth back to the hands of the people. He refers to Conservative members as “morally bankrupt” and belonging to a “gilded elite” group of society, a group who “extracts wealth” from the pockets of the regular working class. The Labour Party, he insists, fights for the rights of the common man and as such would be most beneficial for the public if elected.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow