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UK's Labour Party vows to ditch Theresa May's Brexit plan if elected

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Prime Minister May went on the campaign trail in Wales where she said backing the Conservatives would strengthen her hand in her Brexit negotiations.

Jeremy Corbyn has begun the general election campaign saying only his party can provide an alternative to the Conservatives.

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

And more suspect they would get a bad deal than a good deal when negotiations are complete (37% to 31%).

The Liberal Democrat Party was on 10 per cent, with Ukip on 7 per cent, both down a percentage point. "Putting this chaotic team in charge of negotiating with the European Union would be a unsafe risk to Britain's future".

Since being appointed prime minister after Britain voted to leave the EU last June, May has made maintaining the union of England, Scotland, Wales and northern Ireland a top priority.

However, at a political Cabinet this morning, Theresa May warned her colleagues against being complacent despite the Tory double-digit lead in many polls and Mr Corbyn's dismal personal poll ratings.

Mr Corbyn's message was echoed by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who told the rally there would be "no alliance, no pact and no deals with the SNP" following the election.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said Labour's "hollow words" on retaining access to Europe's single market after Brexit "simply doesn't stack up".

May's "modern industrial strategy" - a interventionist approach to rebalance Britain's heavily services-based economy - will feature, while ministers have said there will also be a pledge to act in the energy market, possibly through a cap on prices for domestic customers.

Commenting on their approach, Ms Whelan added: "I hate the terms, "hard Brexit" and "soft Brexit", it brings in the idea that there should be a certain watering down of the Brexit vote, that there is a certain type of Brexit which is acceptable".

"And we will approach negotiations in a completely different way to a Tory Brexit: negotiating for the many, not the few".

He also said no to a second referendum on Brexit and expects no final deal for possibly six years.

Starmer will continue: "Where Theresa May wants to shut down scrutiny and challenge, Labour will welcome it".

"We accept that unchanged single market membership is not a viable option, but we would want to leave the options on the table, to discuss with our European colleagues what the appetite is for change and revision and reform of some of the single market rules".

Would seek continued "tariff-free trade" between the United Kingdom and the EU. "We do not accept that there has to be a reckless Conservative Brexit".

Pressed on whether this could mean abandoning Britain's ability to cut non-EU trade deals, Sir Keir said: "We have to get the right deal with the EU".

The Conservatives have a commanding lead over Labour, an ICM opinion poll for The Guardian newspaper said yesterday.

Starmer said that a Labour government would rewrite May's Brexit negotiating strategy and would focus instead on a deal that retained as numerous benefits as possible of the single market and customs union.

However, he refused to be drawn on whether this meant a new deal would include remaining in the EU.

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