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UK's Labour pledges new Brexit strategy if it wins election

19 May 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May says giving her Conservatives a bigger majority in the June 8 parliamentary election will strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit negotiations.

Meanwhile in the unelected House of Lords Tuesday, one of the Labour party peers, Lord Dubs, called for teens aged 16 and 17 to be given a vote on June 8.

Suggesting that he thought the Labour leader was a liability to the party's chances, he said that because of "the opinion polls and the leadership issue" the best election tactic for the party was to argue that a "strong opposition" was important for democracy.

ICM interviewed 2,024 adults between April 21 and 24.

But he also said that Labour would prioritise protecting the economy over cutting immigration.

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"What we've seen today from Labour is, I think, their seventh Brexit plan".

Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said that, if elected, his party would guarantee EU nationals living Britain the right to remain in the United Kingdom after the split, and would be open to retaining the benefits of the EU's single market and customs union.

Starmer said if Britain elected a Labour government it would reset the "Conservatives failing approach to Brexit".

"[But] obviously if there were significant reforms that came out of these negotiations which addressed the concerns that led people to vote in the way they did a year ago, that's a whole new ball game, isn't it?" he said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not join in with TV debates before the general election unless Theresa May joins him.

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Elsewhere, Labour will make the NHS the focus of their day of campaigning, with shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth set to promise to lift the 1% cap on pay rises for "undervalued" health service workers.

"This was all dealt with when the allegation first came out", said the Labour source.

A Labour government would rule out a "Whitehall power grab" and automatically devolve all powers returning from Brussels after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, the party's Brexit spokesman has pledged.

Labour says its research shows that between 2010 and 2016, only 1,679 homes were built on average in Tory-led local authority areas - almost 1,000 fewer than in Labour councils.

Ahead of the June 8 election, Theresa May's Conservatives are appealing to voters by "turning a partisan Tory vote into an act of national interest" and claiming the party needs a "big majority" to allow the prime minister to adequately represent the country in Brexit negotiations, according to Blair.

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UK's Labour pledges new Brexit strategy if it wins election