John McDonnell: PM trying to ‘blackmail’ MPs on Brexit

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Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell has defended Jeremy Corbyn for refusing talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa Could about Brexit regardless of senior union leaders attending a gathering with the prime minister in Downing Avenue at this time.

He informed BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur that Mrs Could was “utilizing the specter of no deal to try to blackmail Parliament into supporting her deal”.

Mr McDonnell additionally stated it was “extremely seemingly” Labour will help an modification subsequent week to delay the UK’s departure date from the EU.

The Brexit deal negotiated by the federal government with the EU was defeated within the Commons by 230 votes final week.

Mrs Could has beforehand stated the “proper manner” to make sure Brexit, and rule out no-deal, was to approve her withdrawal settlement.

You possibly can see the Hardtalk interview in full on Thursday 24 January 2019 on BBC World Information, on Friday 25 January 2019 on the BBC Information Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK solely).

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