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PMQs summary (3 Jul, 2019)

Today in PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn revealed his preference for a second public vote on Brexit, telling Theresa May that the government should "go back to the people and let them decide."

Today's session was considerably more heated than usual. Beginning with the seemingly benign question of whose forecasts the prime minister agreed with, the discussion quickly turned into what seemed to be a shouting match over who is morally responsible for the current political impasse.

Theresa May said that, unlike Jeremy Corbyn, she can "look workers in the eye" and tell them that she pursued a Brexit that would preserve jobs. With equally strong condemnation, she claimed that Corbyn "voted for no-deal three times."

With a no-deal Brexit more probable than ever, Corbyn attacked the government for seriously contemplating such an outcome. He argued that, without a deal, leaving the EU would be a genuine economic disaster. To bolster his case, he cited industry representatives in the manufacturing sector expressing severe concerns about leaving without a deal. Corbyn declared that one of Theresa May's greatest failures was "her refusal to take no-deal off the table".

Theresa May suggested in response that Labour's attempts to legislate against a no-deal Brexit belied the party's true intentions -- which is to keep Britain in the EU. Judging by faces in the chamber, the most surprising moment of all, however, was Corbyn's unambiguous call for a second public vote. Today's acrimony was redolent of the 2016 referendum.

To see a fuller account of what happened, see our live Twitter thread.


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