JEREMY CORBYN taunted Prime Minister Theresa May today over her Cabinet’s deep splits on Brexit following Boris Johnson’s outburst claiming her customs partnership plans were “crazy.”
During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Corbyn asked if she agreed with the Foreign Secretary’s view of the potential arrangement that would have Britain collecting tariffs for the EU.
Mr Corbyn pressed her to admit that she didn't have a preferred option and slammed the warring Cabinet for failing to make progress on Brexit over the last 23 months.
The Labour leader added: “Due to divisions within the government these negotiations are in a shambles.
“How can they negotiate on the future interests of people’s jobs and living standards when Cabinet members are more interested in putting their own futures first?”
Mr Corbyn pointed out that Business Secretary Greg Clark appeared to back the “crazy” customs partnership proposal but had made clear he did not support the technological alternative that is also meant to enable frictionless trade.
Mr Corbyn also asked when the Trade and Customs Bills, which contain the amendments for a customs union, will be returned to the Commons. It was previously expected to have been in March.
Ms May dodged all his questions and instead attacked him for spending “an entire career” being critical of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) while claiming that Labour has a policy to go into a customs union that would “mean Labour signing up to TTIP with no say in it whatsoever.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford asked Ms May whether “she have the backbone to send [Mr Johnson] to the back benches” if he continues to “undermine the Prime Minister on the customs union.”
Following PMQs, Ms May’s official spokesman said that she was “disappointed” by a string of defeats over Brexit in the Lords on Tuesday with an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would keep Britain in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Asked whether Mr Corbyn would join Tory rebels in voting for EEA membership, a Labour spokesman said: “EEA membership includes a number of different types of relationship with the EU, but it is not what we are proposing.”
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