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The deadline for Britain leaving the European Union was described by Jeremy Corbyn as “completely unnecessary,” informing Prime Minister Theresa May that the “whole country” would want to wait for a better deal instead.
The Labour leader asked Prime Minister Theresa May to eliminate the “unnecessary exit date deadline of the 29th March 2019” from the document of the European Union Withdrawal Bill.
Corbyn stated: “I’m sure the whole House and indeed probably the whole country would rather get the best possible deal a little bit later if that meant a better deal for peoples’ jobs and the economy.”
Theresa May accused Corbyn of disrespecting the referendum’s result.
The Prime Minister told MPs: “He started off by saying he wanted to uphold the referendum and then later in his comments he said he doesn’t want to accept the leave date of the 29th March 2019.
“We’re leaving the European Union on that date. That is what the British people voted for, and that is what this government is going to put in place.”
Article 50 is the process by which Britain will leave the European Union. Repealing or extending it would require the unanimous agreement of the other 27 states of the European Union.
Corbyn is the most recent senior Labour figure to soften the position of the party regarding Brexit. This morning, John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, said that Labour wanted to remain inside a reformed single market, while Keir Starmer, the Shadow Brexit Secretary, left options open for a second Brexit referendum when asked on Sunday by Andrew Marr.