UK Labour leader Corbyn says election is priority over Brexit referendum

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

WAKEFIELD, England (Reuters) – British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday that a national election took priority over a new referendum on Brexit.

Corbyn said Labour would vote against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week and that if parliament voted it down then there should be a national election.

“If a general election cannot be secured, then we will keep all options on the table, including the option of campaigning for a public vote,” Corbyn said in a speech in northern England.

“But an election must be the priority. It is not only the most practical option, it is also the most democratic option.”

Reporting by Philip Noble, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Alistair Smout

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