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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is doing everything necessary to stop no-deal Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is doing everything necessary to stop no-deal Brexit
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Labour is doing everything it can to stop the "disaster" of a no-deal Brexit, according to Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour leader will use a speech in Manchester to accuse Boris Johnson of being ready to "dance to the tune" of Donald Trump in order to get a trade deal with American after the UK leaves the European Union.

He will also hit back at claims that he wants to frustrate the result of the 2016 referendum, insisting his main concern is stopping Tory Brexiteers from "hijacking" it to push through right-wing economic policies.

Mr Corbyn's comments come as Labour prepares to join forces with other opposition parties on Tuesday in an attempt to block a no-deal departure.

They wants to seize control of the Commons agenda before passing a law which would force the Prime Minister to seek another extension to the Article 50 process.

He will say: "Today the Shadow Cabinet will be meeting to finalise our plans to stop the disaster of no deal ahead of the return of Parliament tomorrow. We are working with other parties to do everything necessary to pull our country back from the brink."

Attacking Mr Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks, Mr Corbyn will say: "The people will not allow a phoney populist cabal in Downing Street, in hock to the vested interests of the richest, to deny them their democratic voice.

"A no deal Brexit is really a Trump Deal Brexit, leading to a one-sided US trade deal that will put us at the mercy of Donald Trump and the big American corporations. 

"The pally enthusiasm of the US president for Britain’s new Prime Minister only underlines that in Boris Johnson Trump has found a compliant British leader who will dance to his tune.

"The battle to stop no deal isn’t a struggle between those who want to leave the EU and those who want continued membership. 

"It’s a battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top."

Mr Corbyn was forced to ditch his demands to be made caretaker Prime Minister if the Government is defeated in a vote of confidence.

Elsewhere on Monday, former Labour leader Tony Blair will warn Mr Corbyn not to agree to a general election, which he described as an "elephant trap" for his party.

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