The Labour leader, previously a strong exponent for leaving the EU, said that he would now vote to stay in union and launched a bitter attack on Theresa May’s government for its “shocking” lack of progress in the ongoing Brexit talks.
During a visit to Shipley, West Yorkshire, the 68-year-old replied when asked how he would vote in a new referendum: “There isn’t going to be another referendum, so it’s a hypothetical question but yes, I voted remain because I thought the best option was to remain. I haven’t changed my mind on that.
“But we accept the result of the referendum therefore we want to make sure we obtain tariff-free access to the European markets and protection of all the rights and membership of agencies we have achieved through the European Union membership.”
The Labour leader previously voted against both the Maastricht Treaty which tranformed the EEC into the EU and the Lisbon Treaty which created the constitutional basis for the current EU.
Jeremy Corbyn‘s voting record in the House of Commons on issues regarding the EU is somewhat confused.
On issues regarding the UK membership on the EU he has voted five times for, five times against and not voted a further five times since 2016.
Over votes on EU integration he has voted 24 times against, 32 times for and been absent another 37 times since 2006.
Mr Corbyn also expressed fears the UK could end up without a deal over the supposed lack of progress in the talks with the EU.
He said: “The danger is we will get to March 2019 with no deal, we fall out of the EU, we go on to World Trade Organisation rules and there will be threats to a lot of jobs all across Britain.
“I think it is quite shocking. We are now 15 months on since the referendum and the government seems to have reached deadlock at every stage.”
Mr Corbyn added: “Every time there’s talks between David Davis and Michel Barnier, both come out making opposite statements. David Davis says it’s gone well and Michel Barnier says it isn’t. They can’t both be right.”
The fifth round of Brexit talks ended on Thursday with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier warning of a “disturbing” impasse hindering progress.
Mr Corbyn’s comments on how he would vote in a theoretical second referendum vote come after Mrs May dodged the question earlier this week.
Mrs May said that she would “come to a judgement” on the issue, were a vote to take place.
In a live radio interview Ms May initially declined to answer the question about how she would vote, dismissing it as “hypothetical” because Britain will leave the EU in March 2019.
But, after being pressed repeatedly on how she would vote, she said: “I could sit here and I could say I’d still vote Remain or I’d vote Leave, just to give you an answer. I’m being open and honest with you.”
Responding to Mr Corbyn’s comments that there won’t be a referendum on the final Brexit deal, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, said: “Labour are all too happy to walk hand in hand with the Conservatives over Brexit. As Theresa May stumbles towards a disastrous Brexit, with no safety nets in place, it is shameful that the opposition are denying the people a chance to salvage their futures.
“With the ever increasing risk of a no deal Brexit, the people must be given a say on the final agreement and a chance to exit from Brexit.”