JEREMY Corbyn will seek to exploit Government divisions by demanding a “jobs first” Brexit that will deliver the “exact same benefits” as the single market and customs union. “Theresa May does not have a mandate for continued cuts to our schools, hospitals, police and other vital public services or for a race-to-the-bottom Brexit.“Labour will fight these policies every step of the way.
He added: “Labour won support in every region and nation of Britain for our jobs-first Brexit approach and our policies that would transfer wealth, power and opportunity to the many from the few. “We invite MPs from across the House of Commons to take on board the strength of public opinion and desire for change in our country and vote for our amendment to bring forward policies to invest and improve public services, and put money in the pockets of the many not the few.
”The emboldened Labour leader’s request could allow opposition MPs who support continued membership of the single market and customs union, which is not official policy, to back the party’s position.The Tory minority Government is facing a symbolic hurdle with the final vote on its legislative programme on Thursday afternoon.
Votes on the Queen’s Speech establish whether a government commands the confidence of the House of Commons. If the Conservatives were to lose them, it could trigger another general election.Although thanks to the £1billion deal with the DUP, described by critics as a “bung”, the Prime Minister should have the support of the 10 Unionist MPs.The Government saw off Labour calls to scrap the public sector pay cap on Wednesday by a margin of 14 votes.
Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi said: “I think the Prime Minister has probably had one of her best weeks in Parliament.“She’s come out fighting. She has the energy and the determination and the commitment to get on with governing the country. To get on delivering a good Brexit outcome.”