Brexit latest news: Jeremy Corbyn says general election is most practical way to break Commons deadlock

Jeremy Corbyn is set to argue that a general election is the most practical and democratic way to break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament.

The Labour leader will say that a government with a new mandate could negotiate a withdrawal deal better than Theresa May’s current plans.

In a speech later on Thursday, Mr Corbyn will reiterate his calls for another election and say his party will vote down the Prime Minister’s deal.

It comes after a dramatic first day of debate on Mrs May’s divorce deal, which saw her suffer a second embarrassing Commons defeat within 24 hours.

Theresa May listens as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (AFP/Getty Images)

Mrs May offered MPs new assurances that Parliament will be able to exercise control over the controversial EU “backstop” if they back her proposals.

A crunch vote on her plans is scheduled for next week.

Speaking in Yorkshire today, Mr Corbyn will say his party will vote down the deal.

Theresa May refuses to call a general election if Brexit deal fails

He is set to explain Labour’s approach to unite Leave and Remain voters around their common interest.

Mr Corbyn will say: “If the Government cannot pass its most important legislation, then there must be a general election at the earliest opportunity

“A government that cannot get its business through the House of Commons is no government at all. 

“So I say to Theresa May: if you are so confident in your deal, call that election, and let the people decide.”

“To break the deadlock, an election is not only the most practical option, it is also the most democratic option. 

“It would give the winning party a renewed mandate to negotiate a better deal for Britain and secure support for it in Parliament and across the country.”

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the Commons (AP)

Mrs May yesterday suffered a Brexit Commons defeat as MPs voted to impose a three-day deadline for her to present Plan B should she lose the meaningful vote.

The amendment was passed by 308 to 297 and came after a Commons row erupted in the Commons following the Speaker allowing the vote. 

The fresh blow comes after another defeat for the embattled PM on Tuesday night when an amendment to the Government’s flagship Finance Bill was passed with the help of rebel Conservatives.

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