Brexit: Voters must have 'Leave' option - Corbyn

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Among the public as a whole the two sides are nearly reversed, with 50% of Britons preferring Johnson to abide by the law compared to 28% who would want him to break it. Labour are running scared of an election and only offer more dither and pointless delay.

While Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has persistently called for a general election in recent years, and particularly since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister - accusing him of having no electoral mandate - he quickly changed his mind when the PM agreed there should be a snap vote last week, deciding that now was not the time.

"We are ready for that election, we are ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen in this country and in this movement", he stated. But we won't allow Johnson to dictate the terms.

His stance contrasts with Jeremy Corbyn's insistence on Tuesday that any referendum must include a "credible leave option", leaving the door open for Brexit voters to support Labour.

He will add: "Very hard though it was, I and many others respected the result of the 2016 referendum for a long time".

"The policy is clear - if it is a bad Tory deal then Labour will formally back remain. If Labour is in government it will negotiate the best possible deal it can and let people decide between that deal and the current deal as European Union members", said one person with knowledge of the meeting.

He will promise that MPs won't be "silenced" by Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament.

"Prime minister: you can hide from parliament for a few weeks, but when we return we will be ready", Starmer will say.

Constituency parties meeting to discuss trigger ballots against serial saboteurs such as deputy leader Tom Watson must carry on even as we gear up for a looming battle with the Conservatives.

If Labour is to regain the insurgent momentum of 2017 the focus of Corbyn and shadow minister of labour Laura Pidcock's speeches to TUC show us where to start.

Pro-Remain Labour activists are also hoping the party's conference later this month will commit the leadership to backing Remain under all circumstances.

Ian Austin, who resigned the whip earlier this year, launched an attack on Corbyn in a debate requested by the Labour leader on the rule of law.

Mr Corbyn additionally promised to place energy "in the hands of workers" below plans for an enormous growth of employment rights.

He also accused the PM of cosying up to US President Donald Trump to get a "one-sided" trade deal with the US which would damage employment rights, the NHS and United Kingdom industry. His comments came amid signs of new momentum across the political spectrum for staging a second referendum as a route out of the Brexit deadlock.

A trade union source said: "The union frustration with John McDonnell, Emily Thornberry etc was mainly about timing".

These included continued customs union membership until the question of whether to leave could be settled at a general election; and closer alignment with the EU on workers' rights and environmental standards.

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