Jeremy Corbyn warns no-deal Brexit will put UK ‘at the mercy of Donald Trump’

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to a kids' lunch club in Swansea, Wales.

Jeremy Corbyn has warned that a no-deal Brexit will put the UK "at the mercy of Donald Trump".

The Labour leader said leaving the European Union without an agreement is "really a Trump-deal Brexit".

He accused prime minister Boris Johnson of "cosying up to Trump" at the recent G7 summit in France.

Mr Johnson said he was "marginally" more optimistic about securing a deal, but insisted other EU states needed to shift ground.

Writing in the Independent on Tuesday, Mr Corbyn said: "The Tories are going out with their begging bowl to billionaire hedge funders to raise cash for an autumn general election.

"The chaos and uncertainty caused by a no-deal Brexit is a potential goldmine for speculators betting against the pound."

He warned a no-deal Brexit "won't return sovereignty, it will put us at the mercy of Trump and the big US corporations dying to get their teeth into our NHS, sound the death knell for our steel industry and strip back our food standards and animal welfare protections".

Mr Corbyn insisted his party will do "everything necessary" to block a no-deal Brexit as he meets other senior MPs to try to find a way to challenge Mr Johnson over EU withdrawal.

Before discussions on Tuesday with leading Commons figures opposed to breaking EU ties without an agreement in place, Mr Corbyn insisted the country was heading for a crisis under Mr Johnson.

A no-deal exit from the EU would amount to a "bankers' Brexit" benefiting the rich, Mr Corbyn said.

"The battle to stop no-deal Brexit isn't a struggle between those who want to leave the EU and those who want continued membership.

"It's a battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top.

"That's why the Labour Party will do everything necessary to stop a no-deal bankers' Brexit."

Mr Corbyn said an "injection of democracy" could come through a new referendum, or a general election.

He added: "In that election, Labour will offer a referendum, with a credible leave option as well as the option to remain.

"But we won't rule out other options that could stop this no-deal disaster in its tracks. I'll discuss all these options with the leaders of other opposition parties.

"I hope we can come to a good working arrangement and bring on board others across Parliament who see the danger of a no-deal crash-out."

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Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, Brigitte Macron and French President Emmanuel Macron join other World Leaders for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a working lunch on Digital transformation as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
French President and G7 host Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte are seen in a meeting during the G7 Summit in Biarritz today.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, during a working lunch on Digital transformation as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
(left to right) Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a working lunch on Digital transformation as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Council President Donald Tusk for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa join other World Leaders for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) joins other World Leaders and their spouses for the family photo at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson participates in a TV interview ahead of bilateral meetings as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Council President Donald Tusk for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting US President Donald Trump for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson participates in a TV interview ahead of bilateral meetings as part of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
US President Donald Trump attends the first working session of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a working session during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a working session during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets US President Donald Trump for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
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BIARRITZ, FRANCE - AUGUST 24: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron during a G7 coordination meeting with the Group of Seven European members at the Hotel du Palais on August 24, 2019 in Biarritz, France. The French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz is hosting the 45th G7 summit from August 24 to 26. High on the agenda will be the climate emergency, the US-China trade war, Britain's departure from the EU, and emergency talks on the Amazon wildfire crisis. (Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) chats with US President Donald Trump (2ndR) as French President's wife Brigitte Macron clutches the hand of US First Lady Melania Trump (L) at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - EU leaders rounded on US President Donald Trump over his trade threats at a G7 summit in France overshadowed by trans-Atlantic tensions and worries about the global economy. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French Gendarmes detain a man during a demonstration in the city of Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States taking place in the seaside resort of Biarritz. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R), and his wife Brigitte welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) and his wife Akie Abe at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019. - Shadowed by the threat of global recession, a U.S. trade war with China and the possibility of one against Europe, the posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (R), welcomes Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019. - Shadowed by the threat of global recession, a U.S. trade war with China and the possibility of one against Europe, the posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (L), and his wife Brigitte welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019. - Shadowed by the threat of global recession, a U.S. trade war with China and the possibility of one against Europe, the posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Photojournalist take pictures as three protesters tear down a barricade during demonstration in the city of Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States taking place in the nearby seaside resort of Biarritz. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte welcome Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019 on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - EU leaders rounded on US President Donald Trump over his trade threats at a G7 summit in France overshadowed by trans-Atlantic tensions and worries about the global economy. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images)
French CRS riot police stand by in Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, ahead of expected protests on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Saturday, August 24, 2019, when the summit of the G7 begins in Biarritz, A demonstration of opposition to the holding of this summit took place between Hendaye (France) and Irun (Spain) bringing together thousands of people, among which altermondialistes , NGO environmental activists and yellow vests. This demonstration followed the counter-summit (GZ-EZ) organized from August 21st to 23rd. It was calm (Photo by Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Saturday, August 24, 2019, when the summit of the G7 begins in Biarritz, A demonstration of opposition to the holding of this summit took place between Hendaye (France) and Irun (Spain) bringing together thousands of people, among which altermondialistes , NGO environmental activists and yellow vests. This demonstration followed the counter-summit (GZ-EZ) organized from August 21st to 23rd. It was calm (Photo by Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Saturday, August 24, 2019, when the summit of the G7 begins in Biarritz, A demonstration of opposition to the holding of this summit took place between Hendaye (France) and Irun (Spain) bringing together thousands of people, among which altermondialistes , NGO environmental activists and yellow vests. This demonstration followed the counter-summit (GZ-EZ) organized from August 21st to 23rd. It was calm (Photo by Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man lobs a stone (top) during a protest in the city of Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States taking place in the seaside resort of Biarritz. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in a demonstration against the G7 Summit, in Irun, Spain, on August 24, 2019. (Photo by Juan Carlos Lucas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in a demonstration against the G7 Summit, in Irun, Spain, on August 24, 2019. (Photo by Juan Carlos Lucas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Around 10.000 people took part in the no G7 demonstration on August 24th in Hendaye (France). The protest was part of the actions against the G7 summit which takes place in the French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz from August 24 to 26, 2019. (Photo by David Speier/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in a demonstration against the G7 Summit, in Irun, Spain, on August 24, 2019. (Photo by Juan Carlos Lucas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) speaks with France's President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting at the Bellevue in Biarritz, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)
People play drums during a demonstration in Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by GAIZKA IROZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read GAIZKA IROZ/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes stand guard next to mesh movable barriers and check people at the entrance of the Vieux Bayonne district in Bayonne, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. - More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police. Authorities remain on high alert, with Biarritz on lockdown and police deployed en masse in the neighbouring town of Bayonne as well to keep protesters at bay. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BIARRITZ, FRANCE - AUGUST 24: (L-R) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron take their seats during a G7 coordination meeting with the Group of Seven European members at the Hotel du Palais on August 24, 2019 in Biarritz, France. The French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz is hosting the 45th G7 summit from August 24 to 26. High on the agenda will be the climate emergency, the US-China trade war, Britain's departure from the EU, and emergency talks on the Amazon wildfire crisis. (Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit.
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The comments came as the Guardian reported that legal advice prepared for the Labour leader by shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti claims that Mr Johnson would be committing the "gravest abuse of power and attack on UK constitutional principle in living memory" if he shut down parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Among those attending the cross-party talks on Tuesday is Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.

Ms Swinson, and other prominent opponents of a no-deal Brexit, have said Mr Corbyn would not be the right candidate to lead a short-term national government if the Commons forced Mr Johnson out of Number 10.

Opposition leaders attending the discussion with Mr Corbyn on parliamentary tactics include SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, the Independent Group for Change's Anna Soubry, and Plaid Cymru Westminster head Liz Saville-Roberts.

James Cleverly, chairman of the Conservative Party, said: "Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party will do anything to try and block delivering the change that British people voted for in the referendum.

"The alternative to delivering Brexit is Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street; a man who would wreck the economy, break up our Union, is soft on crime and won't stand up for Britain. All Corbyn offers is chaos, delay and uncertainty."

Mr Johnson insisted the UK will leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal, but faces Commons clashes over the issue in the coming weeks.

It is understood that Mr Johnson is seeking to appoint Brexit-supporting peers to the House of Lords in a bid to get more support for the government's stance on Europe in the upper chamber.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo
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