You're still going to LOSE! Portillo blasts 'eurosceptic' Corbyn's attempt to unsettle May


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The former Conservative MP said Mr Corbyn had backed a customs union agreement with the European Union in order to try and oust Theresa May from Downing Street.

The Labour leader will, however, lose the vote as rebels within his own party shun his line and side with the Conservative Government, according to Mr Portillo.

On Monday, Mr Corbyn called for “full tariff-free” access to the EU customs union in his first major Brexit speech since Britain voted to quit the Brussels project.

He urged a “new and strong relationship wit the single market” and outlined a “jobs first” approach during the Coventry speech.

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BBCMichael Portillo destroys Jeremy Corbyn's latest plan to unsettle Theresa May

I assume Jeremy Corbyn is pretty thoroughly eurosceptical – about as eurosceptical as I am

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Mr Corbyn said: “We have long argued that a customs union is a viable option for the final deal so Labour would seek to negotiation a new, comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure there are no tariffs with Europe and to avoid any new whatsoever for a hard border in Northern Ireland.”

Speaking on BBC’s This Week, Mr Portillo suggested the Labour leader only expressed these view in an attempt to unsettle the Government and doesn’t actually believe what he is saying.

Mr Portillo when asked whether Mr Corbyn had made the speech because he believes in the customs union or as a clever way to oust Mrs May, he replied: “The latter.

“I don’t have a great insight into Mr Corbyn’s views but I assume he’s pretty thoroughly eurosceptical – about as eurosceptical as I am.

“I think he would value the opportunity of making trade deals outside the European Union, which would not be consistent with the customs union.

“It certainly put the Government on the spot, the arithmetic on that vote looks very tight.”

There are reports that Tory rebels will once again side with Labour in order to force the Government to agree to keep Britain in an EU customs union.

However, Mr Portillo predicted the opposite as he claimed Labour rebels this time will side with the Conservatives.