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Jeremy Corbyn uses speech in Corby to set out his vision for the future

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has chosen Corby in Northamptonshire to say that a general election triggered by the Brexit crisis will provide a "once-in-a-generation chance" for a change of direction in politics.

Jeremy Corbyn waiting to give his speech in Corby Credit: ITV Anglia

He used the speech to set out his vision to rebuild Britain and vow to do "everything necessary" to prevent a no-deal exit from the European Union.

"As we look towards the return of Parliament in September this country is heading into a political and constitutional storm. It is the Conservative Party's failure on Brexit and its lurch to the hard right that has provoked the crisis our country faces this autumn. After failing to negotiate a Brexit deal that will protect jobs and standards, Boris Johnson's Tories are driving the country towards a no-deal cliff edge. Let's be very clear - we will do everything necessary to stop a disastrous no-deal for which this Government has no mandate. The Government wants to use no-deal to create a tax haven for the super rich on the shores of Europe and sign a sweetheart trade deal with Donald Trump. Not so much a no-deal Brexit, more a Trump-deal Brexit. Have no doubt, no-deal would destroy people's jobs, push up food prices in our shops and open up our National Health Service to takeover by US private healthcare corporations."

– Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn in Corby Credit: ITV Anglia

In his speech Jeremy Corbyn repeated his plan to call a vote of no-confidence in the Government and lead a caretaker administration to stop a no deal Brexit.

He also says he wants to see a second Brexit vote, with remain an option.

Labour believes the decision on how to solve the Brexit crisis must go back to the people. And if there is a general election this autumn, Labour will commit to holding a public vote to give voters the final say with credible options on both sides including the option to remain. Three years of Tory failure on Brexit have caused opinions to harden to such a degree that I believe no outcome will now have legitimacy without the people's endorsement."

– Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn arrives in Corby Credit: ITV Anglia

Mr Corbyn said Brexit is the "framework" for many of the UK's problems, but warned issues run "much, much deeper".

"A general election triggered by the Tory Brexit crisis will be a crossroads for our country. It will be a once-in-a-generation chance for a real change of direction potentially on the scale of 1945. Things cannot go on as they were before. The Conservatives and a very wealthy establishment that they so happily represent failed this country. They failed to protect living standards, they have savaged our public services."

– Jeremy Corbyn