Corbyn, visiting the Netherlands for talks with Dutch Labour Party leader Lodewijk Asscher, also criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May for failing to clinch an agreement with the European Union on future ties after Brexit. “If our parties look like just another part of the establishment… they will be rejected and the fake populists and migrant-baiters of the far right will fill the gap,” Corbyn said at his meeting with Asscher.
Conservatives must stop infighting ahead of a crucial Brexit summit this week or risk a Jeremy Corbyn-led government, a senior Tory MP has warned colleagues. Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the party’s influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, said that disunity is hindering Theresa May’s negotiating hand in Brussels and also “gives the impression of division to the country”.
The government won a key vote in the Commons by 415 votes to 119 – a majority of 296. Tory MPs were under orders to support the government – but Boris Johnson, a leading opponent of expansion, missed the vote because he was in Afghanistan. Labour’s official position was to oppose expansion, but its MPs were given a free vote. The SNP abstained.