"No deal" Brexit would be dangerous for Britain: Labour leader

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-19 22:19:45|Editor: Zhou Xin
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BRUSSELS, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) --- Britain's main opposition leader, the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn, on Thursday warned that leaving the European Union with no deal would be catastrophic.

Corbyn, his shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, and shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner, were scheduled to hold talks in the Belgian capital with members of the Party of European Socialists (PES), as well as the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.

Corbyn said: "As the government's splits and Brexit bungling become ever more damaging, Labour stands ready to take up responsibility for the Brexit negotiations."

"A no-deal Brexit would be a bad deal for Britain, threatening jobs and living standards. It would also harm our European neighbors. That's why it's in all our interests to increase the pressure for real progress in the current talks and move on to negotiations about our future trading relationship," he added.

Corbyn was also set to hold bilateral meetings with the Italian, Swedish and Portuguese prime ministers.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Brussels on Thursday as leaders of the 28 EU states gather for a two-day summit. She will not be present when the remaining 27 leaders meet Friday to decide whether Brexit talks with Britain should move forward.