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31st Dec 2018

Jeremy Corbyn says Tories have ‘made a complete mess of Brexit’ in New Year message

James Dawson

The Labour leader says that the country “cannot go on like this”

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Conservatives of “plunging the country into crisis” over Brexit in his annual New Year message.

Speaking in a video released by Labour on New Year’s Eve, the opposition leader said that as part of “eight years of damaging Tory failure” the government’s EU withdrawal deal is “letting people down all across the country whether they voted leave or remain”.

“There’s so much talent across Britain but we’re being held back by a system that for far too long has only served a privileged few,” he says.

“And now the Conservatives have plunged the country into crisis over the complete mess they’ve made of Brexit, trying to drive through a bad deal and letting people down all across the country whether they voted leave or remain.”


The message comes ahead of a parliamentary decision being made on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. It will be debated when parliament returns from the Christmas recess on 7 January, with a vote pencilled in for the following week.

Turning his attention to his domestic agenda, Corbyn also says that the country “cannot go on like this” and claims his party is ready to offer “a radical alternative to rebuild and transform our country”.

He says: “Eight years of damaging Tory failure has left us with a divided country where millions are struggling to make ends meet, where so many can’t afford a home to call their own, where older people are deprived of the dignity they deserve and far too many are working in low paid and insecure jobs.”

Before promising: “We’ll stand up to the powerful few so that the wealth you create is shared fairly not hoarded by a privileged elite.

“We’ll work to create a society where the talent of everyone is unleashed. That’s how we’ll unite our country.”