JEREMY CORBYN has maintained he will become Prime Minister after Theresa May failed to secure a Commons majority after the General Election.
The Labour Party leader outlined his plans to form a minority government to offer an alternative to Mrs May’s own “chaotic” minority government, which is propped up by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, Mr Corbyn said he was “ready and able” to put forward his party’s programme to the Commons.
He said: “We have a chaotic situation with a Government which sought reelection on a basis of wanting a bigger mandate and a bigger majority to bring stability to British politics.
“What have we got? A minority government relying on the DUP to get business through the House of Commons when they have no agreed position, as far as I can work out, on most issues.
“It seems to me chaotic, and I think we are quite ready and able to put forward a serious programme which obviously has massive support in this country.
“Remember this election campaign turned around a great deal on the basis of an awful lot of people rejecting the politics of fear and instead embracing the politics of hope – we can challenge austerity and we can start sharing the wealth in this country out a bit better.”
Marr then launched his own challenge, questioning how Labour could form a government when the numbers don’t work in terms of their parliamentary presence.
Mr Corbyn continued: “We’re going to put a substantial amendment to the Queen’s Speech which will contain within it the main points of our manifesto.
“We will invite the House to consider all of the issues we’ve put forward – a jobs first Brexit, the issues of young people and austerity.”
The Labour leader added they would look to join the challenge against a ‘hard’ Brexit, instead favouring a “jobs first” policy which would be negotiated “as quickly as possible”.
He also said secure the rights of European Union nationals living in Great Britain and Britons living on the Continent.
“The position we have fundamentally is protecting jobs and industry in Britain and maintaining that trading relationship,” said Mr Corbyn.
“The single market is a requirement of EU membership and since we won’t be EU members they’ll have to be an arrangement made.
“Where I frame it, we want a tariff-free access to the European market and we also want to maintain very important university and research collaboration in Europe.”