Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, has suggested that his union will protect any Labour MP who votes for a new Brexit deal if they face deselection by party members – even MPs on the party’s right. The remarks from the trade union boss come ahead of a key speech by Jeremy Corbyn in Salford in which the Labour leader will appeal to leave voters, saying efforts to stop no deal were about confronting those “hijacking the referendum result”. Corbyn will warn of the threat of a no-deal exit from the European Union, ahead of parliamentary efforts by Labour and Tory rebels to stop Boris Johnson crashing the UK out of the bloc. He will say: “The battle to stop no deal isn’t a struggle between those who want to leave the EU and those who want continued membership. It’s a battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top.” Though Labour has made it explicit that it will campaign for another Brexit referendum, including backing remain against any Conservative-backed deal, McCluskey has been one of the key sceptical voices. The Unite boss, a close… Read full this story
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