A series of letters from senior Labour figures has called for the party to release its own “Brexit” policy and stop “talking about Brexit” as it prepares for its first general election since the Brexit vote.
The letter, signed by Labour MPs including former shadow chancellor and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, comes just weeks after the party was criticised for its “lack of clarity” over its Brexit strategy.
The party is due to make its manifesto and manifesto for May’s general election on Wednesday.
The letters come as Labour is struggling to win over a new generation of voters as voters head to the polls on May 6.
The former shadow home minister, Diane Abbott MP, wrote to Jeremy Corbyn’s office in a series of letter to the party’s deputy leader, Yvette Cooper, in which she called on the party “to clarify its Brexit policy”.
Ms Abbott, who is standing down from her position as shadow home and European affairs minister, said: “If the Conservatives are prepared to be ‘Brexit’ on Brexit and continue to talk about Brexit, then why not be ‘Britain First’ on the ‘Brexit?’.”
We must ensure that we do not become “the country we think we are”.
“The Labour Party is the only political party in Britain with a record of being truly, passionately, and consistently pro-working people.” “
The letter comes as the Conservatives, led by leader of the House of Commons John Redwood, prepare to attack the Labour leader’s policies on the Brexit process. “
The Labour Party is the only political party in Britain with a record of being truly, passionately, and consistently pro-working people.”
The letter comes as the Conservatives, led by leader of the House of Commons John Redwood, prepare to attack the Labour leader’s policies on the Brexit process.
“Labour’s Brexit policy has been the opposite of what Britain wanted and what Labour campaigned for, and has been a disaster for the country,” Mr Redwood said.
“It’s time that Labour starts taking its own advice on Brexit policy and not simply follow the Conservatives.”
We will be working with our Conservative colleagues in the House to get the right Brexit deal for the UK.
On the letter, Ms Abbott said she was calling on Mr Corbyn to release his manifesto and explain the party position on Brexit. “
As we have made clear repeatedly, she wants to see another vote before any Brexit deal can be reached.”
On the letter, Ms Abbott said she was calling on Mr Corbyn to release his manifesto and explain the party position on Brexit.
She also said she did not want to see a “Brexit strategy” released in advance of the general election.
Mr Corbyn has consistently said the Conservatives have no plan on Brexit but Labour’s manifesto did not explicitly say it.
It also did not include a pledge to “stop talking about Brexit”.
A Labour spokesperson said: “[Mr Corbyn] has made clear that he believes that the UK must remain a member of the European Union and that it will remain a part of the single market, but he has also indicated that the party will work with the Government on a comprehensive Brexit deal.”
He has made it clear that the Conservatives would be the party of the government, so the manifesto has not said what they would do on Brexit, but it has also not made clear what the party would do if we needed to have another referendum.
“The Tories have promised to reverse the country’s Brexit vote by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will start the formal Brexit process, on July 31.
The Conservative Party is set to win the election for the first time since 1945, with more than one in three of the seats in the Commons set to go to the Conservatives at the next election.
It has previously campaigned on a promise to “put Britain first” and has vowed to keep Britain in the single European market.