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Election: Brexit occasion MEPs defect and again Conservative occasion — because it occurred

Labour goals to manipulate alone in a hung parliament

The FT’s Jim Pickard and Robert Shrimsley have held a wide-ranging interview with shadow chancellor John McDonnell:

Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn would refuse to barter with smaller events within the occasion of a hung parliament and as an alternative dare them to vote down a minority authorities shaped by him, in response to shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

Lagging far behind the Conservatives in opinion polls with solely per week to go earlier than election day, many Labour figures consider the opposition occasion’s solely viable path to energy is by depriving the Tories of a parliamentary majority after which cobbling collectively a coalition.

Even when the Tories are the most important occasion in a hung parliament after December 12, Boris Johnson has far fewer choices than Labour in assembling a working majority within the Home of Commons.

This prospect has prompted Scottish Nationwide occasion chief Nicola Sturgeon to demand an early independence referendum as the important thing value of her help for Labour, whereas Liberal Democrat chief Jo Swinson has hinted she may work with the occasion to cease Brexit if it eliminated Mr Corbyn as chief.

However Mr McDonnell stated Labour would insist on its proper to type a minority authorities in a hung parliament, rolling out its leftwing election manifesto — with £83bn of annual tax rises and additional public spending — after which difficult different events to “make up their minds” on every coverage, resembling elevating the minimal wage to £10 an hour.

“We’ll implement our manifesto . . . no negotiation, no deal, no coalitions,” stated the shadow chancellor in an interview with the Monetary Occasions.

“We’ll roll out our programme and let’s see if the Lib Dems vote in opposition to the true dwelling wage at £10 an hour, let’s see if the SNP vote in opposition to the proposals we introduced ahead for ending austerity.”

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