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Jeremy Corbyn refuses to process Tony Blair's 'blank cheque'

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to process Tony Blair's 'blank cheque'

May's surprise decision to hold an early election on June 8 gave opposition parties just seven weeks to prepare, and Labour trails her Conservatives by around 20 points in the polls.

Blair has always been a vocal critic of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and has questioned the current Labour's leader ability to win an election on multiple occasions.

ICM interviewed 2,024 adults between April 21 and 24.

Starmer said: "We accept that outside the European Union our relationship with Europe must change".

Sir Keir conceded that in seeking a "reformed" relationship with the single market, or customs union, Labour accepted that rules on free movement of workers could not go on as immigration had been a major factor in the Brexit vote.

"We accept that things will have to change", he said.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed in Parliament for the last time before the June 8 election on Wednesday, rehearsing their lines of attack for the campaign.

"So on day one of a Labour government we will immediately guarantee that all European Union nationals now living in the United Kingdom will see no change in their legal status as a result of Brexit, and we will seek reciprocal rights for United Kingdom citizens in the European Union".




The commitments tread a path between May's hardline approach to Brexit on one side, and the Liberal Democrats on the other.

Labour says its councils have built 50% more homes than the Conservatives as Jeremy Corbyn's party lays out its plan to tackle the country's housing crisis.

Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday night, Lord Mandelson said Labour is not "differentiating their position and their policy sufficiently from the government" on Brexit and has had an "equivocal and fence-sitting approach" so far.

She said: "We won't be doing television debates".

In response, the Conservatives, however, said Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn was a "weak leader of a divided party who could not get the right deal for the UK". And it is your chance to strengthen Britain's hand as we negotiate with Europe to ensure we get the right deal for ordinary working people everywhere.

Starmer said that a Labour government would rewrite May's Brexit negotiating strategy and would focus instead on a deal that retained as numerous benefits as possible of the single market and customs union.

He said the prospect of staying in the EU customs union - which would severely restrict the prospect of independent United Kingdom trade deals - should be part of withdrawal talks.


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