Politics update: Corbyn meets with the EU, ‘people’s vote’ march hits the streets

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Corbyn meets with EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels

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Jeremy Corbyn is poised to meet the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Martin Selmayr, another senior EU official, on Thursday, to try to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Ahead of the meeting, the Labour leader put out a statement that said he aimed to avoid the “national disaster” that a no-deal Brexit would bring, and would be “urging” EU officials to “do all they can” to avoid a no-deal scenario.

The talks come in the wake of Corbyn’s closing speech at the annual Labour conference in Liverpool, where he stated that if Theresa May’s government did not deliver on Brexit, the PM should “make way for a party that can.” It was revealed that Labour would seek a general election if a deal with the EU was voted against when it reached parliament.

He told the conference crowd on Wednesday: “If you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in Ireland, if you protect jobs, people’s rights at work and environmental and consumer standards, then we will support that sensible deal. A deal that would be backed by most of the business world and trade unions too,” He added: “But if you can’t negotiate that deal then you need to make way for a party that can.”

Theresa May at the UN

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Theresa May addressed the United Nations security council on weapons proliferation on Wednesday, where she criticised Donald Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal, and the president’s isolationist view of global politics.

Speaking on Wednesday, May told the session, chaired by president Trump, that “global cooperation” was key to restoring public faith, and avoiding the rise of damaging far-left and far-right groups.

“We have to show there is a better way to meet the concerns of our people,” May said. “That way lies in global cooperation between strong and accountable states based on open economies and inclusive societies.”

Regarding the Iran nuclear deal, the PM told the security council remained “the best means of preventing Iran developing a nuclear weapon”. Downing street officials insisted that May’s statement was not intended to contradict the president’s stance, however her words are in stark contrast to Trump’s address to the UN on Tuesday, where he stated: “We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.”

National public vote march to take place on Saturday

More than 2000 people are expected to march in 100 locations across the country this Saturday, demanding a public vote on any deal that Theresa May reaches with the EU.

The “National Day of Action” is being organised by the People’s Vote campaign and is expected to be the group’s largest ever day of campaigning. Alongside the rallies, campaigners will also be leafleting in order to drum up support. This come ahead of a “March for the Future” event in London on 20 October, which is being organised in conjunction with The Independent.

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