Labour to vote against PM's Brexit deal

By Jon Craig, chief political correspondent, in Liverpool
Labour will vote against Theresa May's Brexit deal, the party has confirmed ahead of its conference debate on a "People's Vote".
The shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer MP will tell delegates in Liverpool that Labour will vote down a "blind Brexit"."No ifs, no buts," he will declare in his speech in the Brexit debate at Labour's conference."The party that once promised to fix the roof while the sun was shining now seems intent on burning the whole house down."

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Sir Keir will claim the government's Brexit deal has yet to meet the Labour Party's six tests, despite the PM promising she was determined to meet them.Ahead of the debate in Liverpool, Sir Keir published a Labour dossier which he claims shows how the Tories' Brexit proposals are failing to meet the tests.Labour claims its analysis reveals the Chequers proposals currently put jobs, the economy, people's livelihoods and no hard border in Northern Ireland at risk.The Chequers deal is the cabinet agreement to ask the EU to maintain, post-Brexit, common rules and existing borderless free trade in goods and agriculture, but not services.
The Labour Party is holding its annual conference
Day three of Labour's conference will be dominated by the Brexit debate, on a motion drawn up by party fixers from 151 submitted by local parties and trade unions.The motion being debated states: "If we cannot get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote on the terms of Brexit."That falls short of demands by pro-Remain Labour MPs who wanted a much stronger commitment to campaign for a People's Vote, but with the party badly split it gives Jeremy Corbyn room for manoeuvre.In his speech, Sir Keir is expected to say: "Just when we need a strong government, what do we see from the Tories? Division, chaos and failure."No credible plan for Brexit. No solution to prevent a hard border in Ireland. And no majority in Parliament for the Chequers proposals."A Tory civil war that has gone on for years, now threatens our future prosperity."So, I've got a message for the prime minister. 'If your party wants to tear itself apart, that's fine, but you're not taking our country with you.'"
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