Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that he will hold a new referendum on leaving the European Union if Labor wins the next general election.
With only six weeks left before the October 31 deadline, and no solution in sight, British Labor is holding its annual conference this weekend and until September 25 in Brighton.
Labor could propose a vote of no confidence in Parliament at the resumption of the session. And Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday: if he came to power by winning early general elections - more and more likely - he would hold a new referendum on Brexit . But the British Labor opposition leader says he does not want to take a stand for or against an exit from the EU, while the majority of his party wants him to slice.
Corbyn wants to remain neutral
Philippe Marlière, professor of political science at University College London decrypts what is played at this congress: " The position of Jeremy Corbyn is basically the following : he would first want a general election he hopes to take. And if it wins, it would renegotiate with the European Union leaving the Union, that is to say there would be a new agreement that would be subject to a new referendum to the British people, with two options brexit : come out on the basis of this new agreement that Corbyn would have negotiated or stay, he explains. Where things get complicated is that Corbyn says that in the context of this new referendum, he would not take sides, he would be neutral. Of course, that poses a very big problem in his own party, which is very much in favor of staying in the European Union. So he would like to campaign clearly for the maintenance. "
Divisions that could be fatal
But Philippe Marlière recalls that Jeremy Corbyn's positions are a minority within the party. " On a quantitative level, those who will support Corbyn are in the minority, " he says.
The risk, according to the specialist, is that the party, deeply divided , is very weakened in the next elections. " If this congress does not go well, that is to say if there are motions that are voted too frankly against the position of the leader, or vice versa, if the leader imposes his position as a minority by the majority of his party, there is a risk of eventual rupture. "