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UK Labour Party to Push for National Election if PM May's Deal Fails

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May managed to win concessions from Brussels that would keep the United Kingdom in the customs union and therefore resolve the Irish border problem, The Times reported on November 4, citing sources in Brussels and London.

If Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is voted down, the Labour Party plans to push for a national election and also possibly another referendum, Labour shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said.

"At the moment the prime minister is a long way from home. If the deal goes down then we'll call for a general election. If that doesn't happen then all options must remain on the table and that includes the option of a public vote," Starmer said when asked if Labour would vote down May's deal.

PM May's Possible Brexit Deal Won't Pass in Parliament

We should put the final say on Brexit in the hands of the British people, Former UK education minister Justine Greening told BBC.

"I think it's the worst of all worlds. It leaves us with less influence, less controls over the rules we have to follow and… less credibility as a country in the rest of the world as they would see that we would be prepared to go for a bad deal and we shouldn't have to do that," Greening said.

According to Greening, the UK should have a referendum with three choices: May's current deal, leave on WTO rules (a so-called 'no deal' Brexit) or remain in the EU.

Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has commented on the possibility of the country remaining in the customs union after Brexit, saying that the UK government was ready to "surrender" in its talks with Brussels and to agree to become a de facto "punk" of the bloc.

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Meanwhile, the Labour Party vowed to mobilize all the political parties to prevent May's government from withdrawing the country from the European Union without a deal.

People demonstrate against Brexit on a balcony in London, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, as Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson delivers a speech focusing on Britain leaving the EU. The Foreign Office says Johnson will use a speech Wednesday to argue for an outward-facing, liberal and global Britain after the U.K. leaves the bloc - Sputnik International
Four UK Ministers Could Resign as EU Rejects Another Brexit Proposal - Reports
Two UK cabinet ministers have resigned this month amid the ongoing trade negotiations with the EU. UK Transport Minister Jo Johnson announced November 9 that he was standing down after calling the government's Brexit deal a "terrible mistake."

The Brexit talks between London and Brussels have been ongoing since June 2017 with the issue of the Irish border being the major cornerstone in the negotiations.

The United Kingdom has previously refused to accept the European Union's proposal to check goods leaving the UK mainland at a border in the Irish Sea. London rejected the idea because it envisaged a different constitutional and territorial status for Northern Ireland. London has repeatedly voiced its concerns that intensified control at the border could provoke tensions.

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