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Alban Maginness: 7Corbyn's five-point plan is Trojan horse to cause fatal split in Tories 

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13.02.2019

Jeremy Corbyn's letter on the Brexit stalemate last Wednesday to Prime Minister Theresa May could well be a game-changer. As the countdown to Brexit inexorably continues and the departure date nears without even the semblance of a deal, the last real chance of achieving a House of Commons majority on the terms of a deal has been opened up by the Labour leader.

In that letter he outlined Labour's position on Brexit. In essence he wrote that the party wanted the UK to remain fully within the customs union and aspects of the single market. There are other issues that he has highlighted, such as workers' rights and security, but they are, in real terms, already within the scope of the Prime Minister's deal on Brexit.

While, on the face of it, this letter may be seen as Labour acting in a conciliatory and flexible fashion, apparently attempting to protect the UK's national interest, it is also designed as a Trojan horse to fundamentally split the Conservative Party.

If May accepts the basic substance of Corbyn's conditions - that is, permanent membership of the customs union - then she will be breaching one of her infamous "red lines" and will be moving........

© Belfast Telegraph