The leaders of the main political parties have already started blaming each other for Brexit as they begin their General Election campaigns today. The Prime Minister blamed his failure to live up to his “do or die” promise on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. While he is out on the campaign trail today, Mr Johnson will say: “Today should have been the day that Brexit was delivered and we finally left the EU.
“But, despite the great new deal I agreed with the EU, Jeremy Corbyn refused to allow that to happen – insisting upon more dither, more delay and more uncertainty for families and business.”
Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn blasted Mr Johnson ahead of his own campaigning today.
He tweeted: “Boris Johnson has spent months promising we’d leave the EU today.
“The failure to do so is his and his alone. Labour will get Brexit sorted by giving the people the final say within six months with the choice of a credible leave deal or remain.
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“And we’ll carry out what you decide.”
Mr Corbyn will also hit out at the “tax dodgers, bad bosses, big polluters, and billionaire-owned media holding our country back”.
He will say: “This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country, take on the vested interests holding people back and ensure that no community is left behind.
“So, we’re going after the tax dodgers. We’re going after the dodgy landlords. We’re going after the bad bosses.
Jeremy Corbyn blasted Boris Johnson during the Labour rally in Battersea
“We’re going after the big polluters. Because we know whose side we’re on.
“Whose side are you on? The dodgy landlords, like the Duke of Westminster, Britain’s youngest billionaire, who tried to evict whole blocks of families to make way for luxury apartments? Or the millions of tenants in Britain who struggle to pay their rent each month?
“Whose side are you on? The bad bosses like Mike Ashley, the billionaire who won’t pay his staff properly and is running Newcastle United into the ground?
“Whose side are you on? The big polluters like Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man who makes his money by polluting the environment? Or the children growing up in our cities with reduced lung capacity because of choking pollution?
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“And whose side are you on? The billionaire media barons like Rupert Murdoch, whose empire pumps out propaganda to support a rigged system.”
Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson is using Brexit to emphasise the failures of both the Tories and Labour leaders.
She said: “If people want to stop Brexit, if they want to Remain, they need to vote Liberal Democrat.
“Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are not fit to be Prime Minister.”
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“Both those parties sit at the extreme ends of their political spectrums.”
Ms Swinson also suggested the Lib Dems could reach “arrangements” with other pro-Remain parties to ensure one candidate has a clear run.
The Lib Dem leader said negotiations were taking place in relation to a “small number” of constituencies in the forthcoming general election.
Speaking outside the Houses of Parliament she highlighted their success in the recent Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, which was won by the Lib Dems’ Jane Dodds after the Greens and Plaid Cymru did not field candidates.
The Brexit Party’s election plans are not yet clear
She said: “We are obviously – as has been discussed – in negotiations … so there may well be a small number of seats where there are arrangements that are agreed, such as what happened in Brecon and Radnorshire.
“So we will of course work with other parties that also want to stop Brexit. We have been doing that successfully in the House of Commons.”
The Brexit Party has been in no rush to announce its plans for the General Election.
prospective Brexit Party candidates were sent an email on Wednesday telling them to “go DARK on social media”.
It added: “DO NOT respond to any questions about where we are standing, what the strategy or plan is from now. Things will be made clear very soon.”