In the lead-up to the general election on 8 June, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, refused to comment directly on whether he would take Britain out of the EU if he were elected Prime Minister. Mr. Corbyn was questioned a number of times by the BBC if he would commit to taking the UK out of the Eurozone even if there was a bad deal on the table. While he expressed confidence that he would negotiate a good deal, he proclaimed during Labour’s formal campaign launch that the election was “not about Brexit itself”. Addressing party supporters in Manchester, Mr. Corbyn said: “that issue has been settled. The question now is what sort of Brexit do we want. The task now was to act in the national interest, rather than show “who can be toughest with Brussels”. David Davis, the Brexit secretary, criticised the Labour leader for being incoherent on the issue stating “[T]his morning he said he was settled on leaving the EU — this afternoon he can’t say whether he will do it.” According to the latest YouGov poll, Labour are polling 28% of the popular vote, compared to the Conservatives on 47% (YouGov, 4-5 May).
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