Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refuses to say he would lead Britain out of EU

Updated: 11:16 GMT, May 10, 2017 | Published: 10:26 GMT, May 10, 2017 |

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday (May 9) his party would negotiate a divorce deal with the EU to secure tariff-free trade if it won power next month, but declined to say whether he would lead Britain out of the bloc no matter what.

In an interview with the BBC, Corbyn avoided answering repeated questions on whether he would lead Britain out of the bloc regardless of what kind of deal was agreed or if the talks broke down.

Labour has struggled to take a stance on Brexit after most of the party supported the campaign to remain in the EU in last year’s referendum, but many of its traditional supporters voted to leave.

The party is lagging around 20 points behind the governing Conservative Party in opinion polls before the June 8 election, with Prime Minster Theresa May also overshadowing Corbyn in their popularity ratings.