Jeremy Corbyn says Labour wants a 'close and cooperative' Brexit and blasts 'disgraceful' Donald Trump

Corbyn described Donald Trump as a threat to world peace

Corbyn described Donald Trump as a threat to world peace

Friday, December 8, 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has suggested Labour would pursue a more "internationalist" Brexit during a speech at the UN today.

Corbyn also used his keynote speech in Geneva to tear into "disgraceful" Donald Trump for his Muslim ban and stance on Jerusalem.

He was speaking as Theresa May continues to receive criticism for her breakthrough Brexit deal, with critics suggesting it is tantamount to a surrender. Meanwhile Trump continues to receive flack from all sides after the US President's Muslim deal received the green light earlier this week, and he officially endorsed Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Corbyn said: "My own country is at a crossroads. The decision by the British people to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum means we have to rethink our role in the world.

"Some want to use Brexit to turn Britain in on itself, rejecting the outside world, viewing everyone as a feared competitor.

"Others want to use Brexit to put rocket boosters under our current economic system’s insecurities and inequalities, turning Britain into a deregulated corporate tax haven, with low wages, limited rights, and cut-price public services in a destructive race to the bottom.

"My party stands for a completely different future when we leave the EU, drawing on the best internationalist traditions of the labour movement and our country.

"We want to see close and cooperative relationships with our European neighbours, outside the EU, based on solidarity as well as mutual benefit and fair trade, along with a wider proactive internationalism across the globe.

"We are proud that Britain was an original signatory to the European Convention of Human Rights and our 1998 Human Rights Act enshrined it in our law.

"So Labour will continue to work with other European states and progressive parties and movements, through the Council of Europe to ensure our country and others uphold our international obligations."

Turning to the US, Corbyn said "President Trump’s disgraceful Muslim ban and his anti-Mexican rhetoric have fuelled racist incitement and misogyny and shift the focus away from what his Wall Street-dominated administration is actually doing.

"The US president’s announcement that his administration will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a threat to peace that has rightly been met with overwhelming international condemnation.

"The decision is not only reckless and provocative - it risks setting back any prospect of a political settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

"President Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly in September signalled a wider threat to peace. His attack on multilateralism, human rights and international law should deeply trouble us all."