Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during the 2018 CBI Conference on November 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

As EU Approves Theresa May's Brexit Plan, Corbyn Denounces Deal as 'Miserable Failure' That Puts Ordinary People at Risk

"This is a bad deal for the country. That is why Labour will oppose this deal in parliament."

Jake Johnson, staff writer

After leaders of the European Union on Sunday unanimously approved British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan—which is the product of over a year of chaotic negotiations that saw key Tory cabinet ministers resign in protest—Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately vowed to oppose the deal in Parliament, arguing it "gives us less say over our future, and puts jobs and living standards at risk."

"This is a bad deal for the country," Corbyn wrote on Facebook. "It is the result of a miserable failure of negotiation that leaves us with the worst of all worlds... That is why Labour will oppose this deal in parliament. We will work with others to block a no deal outcome, and ensure that Labour's alternative plan for a sensible deal to bring the country together is on the table."

Labour's alternative, Corbyn continued, "includes a permanent customs union with a U.K. say, a strong single market deal and guarantees on workers' rights, consumer, and environmental protections."

Labour's "six tests" for an acceptable Brexit agreement can be read here.

Now that EU leaders have approved May's Brexit deal, the agreement will be put before Parliament, where it is likely to face backlash from both sides of the political aisle.

With debate on the deal set to begin early next month, activists are already planning to flood the streets outside Parliament and demand that MPs vote down the agreement.

"Theresa May's Brexit deal is the worst of all worlds. When MPs debate the deal, let's protest outside Parliament—and demand they vote the deal down," reads one protest event page, which tentatively set demonstrations for Dec. 11.


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
We need your help.

Support progressive journalism.

Common Dreams is not your average news site. We don't survive on clicks or advertising dollars. We rely entirely on your support. And without it, our independent progressive journalism simply wouldn’t exist. Every gift of every amount matters.

Join the fight and support our common dreams today.

'The Filibuster Must Go': Senate GOP Blocks Debate on Voting Rights Bill

"Democrats in the Senate can have a functional democracy or the filibuster, but not both."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


Key Senate Democrat Applauded for Manifesto on Reducing Drug Costs

"Sen. Wyden's drug pricing principles are a road map for taking on the greed of pharmaceutical corporations and lowering drug prices for all Americans."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·



Coalition of 200+ Groups Call for Permanent End to 'Neocolonialist' Global Gag Rule

"The global community deserves true partnership from the U.S., but the threat that this destructive policy could reemerge undermines relationships and harms people around the globe."

Julia Conley, staff writer ·


Social Cost of Emissions: 'One of the Most Important Numbers That No One Has Ever Heard Of'

An analysis for Friends of the Earth finds the social cost of CO2 calculates to at least 15 times the Biden administration's current figure, which is set to be finalized by early next year.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·