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In a heated debate during Prime Minister Questions, Labour leader accused Prime Minister of being too concerned with the division of her cabinet than with the urgency to crack on with the negotiations. 

Mr Corbyn claimed the PM’s promise of frictionless borders between the UK and the EU was being overshadowed by the “friction” among her own team.

But Mrs May brilliantly hit back highlighting the contradictive positions of key members of the Labour party on the issue of a second EU referendum, putting the Labour leader in an uncomfortable spot. 

She said: “I think the Rt Honourable gentleman knows this Government has a policy of leaving the customs union and of ensuring that once we do so we have as frictionless trade as possible with the EU.

“That we have a solution which will have no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

“And also that we have an independent trade policy.

“But if he’s talking about friction, perhaps he should reflect on the fact that this month the shadow health minister in the Lords voted for a second referendum.

“That at the weekend, the shadow Brexit minister refused to rule out a second referendum.

“And on Monday, the shadow international development minister tweeted in favour of a second referendum.

“So perhaps when he stands up he can put the minds of the British people and this House at rest and rule out a second referendum.”

The Labour leader completely ignored the attack and merely repeated the same accusations against the PM’s Brexit strategy, failing to rule out a call for a second referendum.

He said: “Mr Speaker, the division in the cabinet has meant there’s been no progress in the negotiations for five months.

“The reality is that cabinet is more interested in negotiating with each other than it is with the European Union.

“The Prime Minister’s promise of as little friction as possible is in stark contrast with the earlier commitment that it would friction free.

“So could the Prime Minister explain how much friction she’s willing to accept.

“Businesses and workers in this country need to know.”



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