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Jeremy Corbyn Walks Out Of Cross-Party Brexit Talks 'Because The Independent Group Attended'

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 20/03/2019 Nicola Slawson

© Catalyst Jeremy Corbyn has walked out of cross-party talks about Brexit with Theresa May and other party leaders with the UK nine days away from leaving the EU.

The Labour leader refused to take part in the opposition party talks because members of the breakaway Independent Group were present, other leaders said.

However a Labour spokesman said he left the meeting because it “wasn’t the meeting that had been agreed”.

Chuka Umunna, spokesman for The Independent Group, said: “I find it extraordinary behaviour in a national crisis.”

Chris Leslie, a member of the Independent Group, described Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to engage in talks as “astonishing” and “petty”.

He tweeted: “Astonishing. Yet again @jeremycorbyn puts petty party politics before the national interest.”

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