Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for election to end Brexit impasse

Britain’s main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on January 10 called for a general election to resolve the deadlock in Parliament over Brexit, arguing that he would renegotiate the agreement with Brussels if he came to power.

“If the government cannot pass its most important legislation, then there must be a general election at the earliest opportunity,” he said at an electronic components factory at Wakefield in northern England.

“To break the deadlock, an election is not only the most practical oon, it is also the most democratic oon. It would give the winning party a renewed mandate to negotiate a better deal for Britain and secure support for it in parliament and across the country,” he said.

The European Union (EU has ruled out any renegotiation of the deal.

The Labour leader has said he will seek a vote of no confidence in the government if Parliament, as expected, next week votes against the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with EU leaders.

If the government loses a no confidence motion, there will be a period of 14 days in which parties can seek to find an alternative working majority in parliament and a general election would be called if they fail to do so.

Second referendum

The Labour Party has said it will only push for a second referendum on Brexit if it fails to trigger an election.

“We’ll keep all oons on the table, including the oon of campaigning for a public vote,” Mr. Corbyn said.

Wakefield voted by 66% in favour of leaving the EU in the 2016 referendum but its two local Labour MPs, Mary Creagh and Yvette Cooper, support a second referendum that could allow Britain to stay in.

In his speech, Mr. Corbyn said that Labour would seek to heal Brexit divisions if it came to power, arguing that the core problem was a “failed system rigged against the many to protect the interests of the few”.

“The real solution is to transform Britain to work in the interests of the vast majority, by challenging the entrenched power of a privileged elite. That is how we can help to heal the referendum’s deep divisions,” he said.