January 10, 2019 / 12:07 PM / 6 months ago

Opposition leader Corbyn says extension to Brexit process possible

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, gestures as he speaks on Brexit in Wakefield, Britain, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

WAKEFIELD, England (Reuters) - An extension of the Article 50 process which would delay Brexit is possible, opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday, as a new government would need time to renegotiate the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union.

Corbyn has said his party will vote against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week, and has called for an immediate general election so any new Labour government could reopen talks with the EU before Brexit on March 29.

“Moving into office at a period right up against the clock, there would need to be time for that negotiation,” Corbyn said in answer to questions after a speech in Wakefield, northern England.

“An extension would be a possibility, because clearly there has to be time to negotiate.”

Reporting by Philip Noble, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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