20 Apr

Jeremy Corbyn sacks Owen Smith after call for second Brexit vote

first_imgBy the end of the day, Smith had been sacked, and replaced by Tony Lloyd, the shadow housing minister.Smith unsuccessfully challenged Corbyn for the party leadership in 2016. Also On POLITICO EU leaders show UK the Brexit runway By David M. Herszenhorn, Charlie Cooper and Jacopo Barigazzi Theresa May faces more gender-based abuse than Jeremy Corbyn: report By Ginger Hervey U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday sacked his Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Smith, who had called for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.According to the Guardian, people close to Corbyn said Smith was not a team player and had gone against the shadow Cabinet line on Brexit by advocating single market membership.Smith wrote a piece for the Guardian, published Friday, with the headline “Labour should ask if Brexit is the right decision, not just push for a softer version.” He wrote: “Labour needs to do more than just back a soft Brexit or guarantee a soft border in Ireland. Given that it is increasingly obvious that the promises the Brexiters made to the voters … are never going to be honored, we have the right to keep asking if Brexit remains the right choice for the country.”last_img

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