Brexit issue has endangered political integrity; says Shokat Ali


LONDON: Choudhry Shokat Ali, Chairman, Muslim Friends of Labour, has said that Brexit issue has put country’s political integrity in danger and the Conservative Party and its leadership would be responsible for mess and uncertainty within the country.

“People of this great country are genuinely expecting that opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn would push ahead with Brexit and seek to renegotiate the terms if he won a snap election next year”, he commented while talking a delegation of his forum.

Rejecting all thoughts of division within the Labour Party over Brexit issue, Ch. Shokat Ali said that though some senior lawmakers leading calls for a fresh vote and others representing areas that recorded the highest support for leaving the European Union in the 2016 plebiscite.
He went on to say that with less than 100 days to go until Brexit the clamour is growing for either a delay or a second vote to prevent Britain leaving without a deal.
He referred a statement of Party leader Jeremy Corbyn published in Guardian newspaper that “You’d have to go back and negotiate, and see what the timetable would be,” the 69-year-old told the Guardian newspaper, when asked what he would do if he won an early election designed to break the deadlock in parliament.
Asked what stance Labour would take if a referendum were held, Corbyn said: “it would be a matter for the party to decide what the policy would be; but my proposal at this moment is that we go forward, trying to get a customs union with the EU, in which we would be able to be proper trading partners.”
Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. Prime Minister Theresa May has struck a withdrawal agreement with Brussels but was forced to pull a parliamentary vote on it last week after admitting she would lose by a large margin.
Ch. Shokat said that a new election is not due until 2022 but one could be called if May fails to get her primary policy through parliament. Labour wants a permanent customs union with the EU and a close relationship with its lucrative single market. The policy has been dubbed “constructive ambiguity” by some, who question whether Labour could negotiate a better deal.
According to Jeremy Corbyn,  he still had concerns about EU rules on state aid, and that he had to balance the views of all those in the party and understand why so many voted to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc. He said his plan for a customs union with the EU, to protect trade and access to the market, was designed to do just that.