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Friday, 22 February 2019

BREXIT LIVE: Labour in turmoil as Corbyn faces FRESH defections over Brexit



LABOUR faces further meltdown over Brexit with Jeremy Corbyn warned of another exodus of MPs unless he backs plans for a second referendum.

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Jeremy Corbyn hints he may back second Brexit referendum to heal Labour party rift

JEREMY Corbyn has signalled that he could finally back a second referendum on the Brexit deal in a bid to heal rifts within his party over the defection of eight MPs.

The Labour leader confirmed he will put a new motion to parliament, leaving open the option of a second vote after meeting with Michel Barnier yesterday.

The Labour leader has hesitated to back a second referendum up until now
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He also called on Theresa May to take no deal off the table despite admitting the bloc’s chief negotiator had told him the EU is terrified of it.

Mr Corbyn travelled to Brussels yesterday alongside shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer to push his plan for a customs union.

Asked about the possibility of a second referendum, the Labour leader replied: “We will put a motion to Parliament.

“Keir Starmer and I have put a motion to Parliament which included the option of a popular vote to confirm otherwise agreements that have been reached.

“That was rejected by Parliament at that stage. Clearly it is very much part of the agenda put forward by the Labour Parliament.”

He was referring to a plan hatched by Labour MPs Phil Wilson and Peter Kyle which would make Parliament hold a second referendum before endorsing a deal.

The next opportunity to table the motion will be next Wednesday’s vote.

After meeting Mr Barnier, the Labour leader also warned the possibility of Britain crashing out on March 29 is “very serious and very present”.

He said: “The threat of no deal is deeply exercising people throughout the EU.

“They are very worried about the consequences of it and that was conveyed to us in no uncertain terms during the meeting.”

Mr Corbyn also met powerful eurocrat Martin Selmayr, who is secretary-general of the Commission, and the EU Parliament’s Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt.

Afterwards he said the EU officials had “confirmed” their backing for his plans for a softer Brexit.

Seven Labour MPs left the party to join the Independent Group
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McDonnell: Strip Brits Who Fight for Israeli State of Citizenship

Just hours after Jeremy Corbyn said of ISIS bride Shamima Begum: “Taking somebody’s citizenship away is not the right thing to do. I think she should be brought back,” Guido can reveal the letter from John McDonnell to then Home Secretary Theresa May in July 2014 challenging her to strip any British citizens who served in the Israeli Defence Force of their British citizenship. McDonnell writes:

“Will you be warning any British citizens considering engagement with the IDF that, in line with established British Government practice (e.g. the deprivation of British citizenship from, to date, at least 40 UK passport holders who have been involved in the Syrian civil war), such engagement may put their British citizenship in jeopardy?”

McDonnell states that he wrote the letter in response to this article by Robert Fisk, calling for any Brits who volunteered for the IDF to be questioned by police when they returned from Israel. McDonnell went much further, suggesting that Brits volunteering for the IDF should be classed as “terrorists” as well as being deprived of their citizenship. The hard left just can’t get over their Israel obsession…

Incredibly, the letter was still publicly posted on McDonnell’s website until at least June 2017, almost two years after he became Shadow Chancellor. McDonnell has since deleted the letter, but the internet never forgets

Corbyn’s position on Begum’s citizenship is deeply unpopular with the public but did at least appear principled – it is looking a lot less principled now that it emerges that his right hand man was in favour of stripping Brits of their citizenship for fighting for the UK’s main ally in the Middle East. McDonnell’s position appears to be that Britons with dual Israeli nationality fighting to defend the Israeli state should be stripped of their nationality yet their Islamic State terrorist enemies in the same position should not…

Read McDonnell’s letter in full below:

Dear Home Secretary,

I have provided below a link to an article written by Robert Fisk, the much respected journalist and expert on the Middle East.

Here is the link to the Robert Fisk piece:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/its-not-just-radicalised-islamists–what-about-foreign-fighters-who-flock-to-the-idf-9634260.html

You will see that in this article he raises the question of the possibility of British passport holders fighting in the Israeli military or on behalf of the Israeli state in recent conflicts.

I am aware of the Government’s policy of detaining and prosecuting those British citizens travelling to fight in the current Middle East conflicts.

I am writing to ask if you are aware of how many British citizens are currently fighting with, or are intending to join, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in and around the Gaza Strip? Will you be making the necessary arrangements to assess the numbers involved?

Will you in your capacity as Home Secretary be advising all British citizens publicly that engagement with the IDF in the current onslaught on the population of Gaza puts them at strong risk of being held personally responsible for the war crimes currently being committed in the form of indiscriminate bombing, shelling, or firing that knowingly risks the lives of non-combatants, and the imposition of collective punishment, all of which are unlawful in international law?

Will you be explaining to them that association with those who are intentionally targeting civilians for political ends, or participation in such acts, would involve them in an association with or engaged in, the perpetration of acts that meet the statutory definition of terrorism in the UK?

Will you be warning any British citizens considering engagement with the IDF that, in line with established British Government practice (e.g. the deprivation of British citizenship from, to date, at least 40 UK passport holders who have been involved in the Syrian civil war), such engagement may put their British citizenship in jeopardy?

Given the seriousness of the current situation in Gaza and the apparent escalation of the Israeli attacks on Palestinians, I urge you to address these questions promptly so that any British citizen currently participating or planning to participate in these attacks is warned of the potential consequences and thus may be deterred from acting in this way.

Yours

John McDonnell MP

The post McDonnell: Strip Brits Who Fight for Israeli State of Citizenship appeared first on Guido Fawkes.



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Brexit BETRAYAL: Theresa May accused of ‘DUMBING DOWN’ Brexit ahead of Commons SHOWDOWN



THE Prime Minister has been accused of dumbing down Brexit demands.

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Jeremy Corbyn hints he may back second Brexit referendum to heal Labour rift

JEREMY Corbyn has signalled he could finally back a second referendum on the Brexit deal in a bid to heal rifts within his party over the defection of eight MPs.

The Labour leader confirmed he will put a new motion to parliament leaving open the option of a second vote after meeting with Michel Barnier yesterday.

The Labour leader has hesitated to back a second referendum up until now
AFP or licensors

He also called on Theresa May to take no deal off the table despite admitting the bloc’s chief negotiator had told him the EU is terrified of it.

Mr Corbyn travelled to Brussels yesterday alongside shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer to push his plan for a customs union.

Asked about the possibility of a second referendum, the Labour leader replied: “We will put a motion to Parliament.

“Keir Starmer and I have put a motion to Parliament which included the option of a popular vote to confirm otherwise agreements that have been reached.

“That was rejected by Parliament at that stage. Clearly it is very much part of the agenda put forward by the Labour Parliament.”

He was referring to a plan hatched by Labour MPs Phil Wilson and Peter Kyle which would make Parliament hold a second referendum before endorsing a deal.

The next opportunity to table the motion will be next Wednesday’s vote.

After meeting Mr Barnier, the Labour leader also warned the possibility of Britain crashing out on March 29 is “very serious and very present”.

He said: “The threat of no deal is deeply exercising people throughout the EU.

“They are very worried about the consequences of it and that was conveyed to us in no uncertain terms during the meeting.”

Mr Corbyn also met powerful eurocrat Martin Selmayr, who is secretary-general of the Commission, and the EU Parliament’s Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt.

Afterwards he said the EU officials had “confirmed” their backing for his plans for a softer Brexit.

Seven Labour MPs left the party to join the Independent Group
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