UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would carry on leading Britain’s opposition Labour Party if he loses a national election on June 8.
Corbyn ha s promised to renationalise rail and mail services and take some of the energy sector into public hands, betting that a shift to the left will win over voters before next month’s election.
But he has struggled to unite Labour’s elected ranks behind his political vision or convince the wider public of his leadership credentials, diminishing the party’s ability to exert pressure on issues like Britain’s exit from the European Union.
May says an election win will strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations, but opponents of her negotiating strategy fear it will drown out Labour’s voice in the debate over what kind of deal Britain should seek from Brussels.
Having faced criticism for being unclear of his position on Britain’s divorce from the European Union, Corbyn said the issue of whether Brexit should happen had been settled, and went on to set out his negotiating objectives.
Pollster ICM says the Conservative lead is the biggest on record for any British election survey it had conducted.
Corbyn fought off a challenge to his leadership last year thanks to overwhelming grassroots support, but his critics, including some senior Labour figures, have remained vocal.
But Corbyn launched his campaign with an aggressive speech aimed at the party’s core voters, criticizing the Conservatives for being part of a system which he said was skewed toward the wealthy.
“Labour is under attack because we are standing up to the elites who are determined to hijack Brexit and pay even less tax and take even more of the wealth that we all create,” Corbyn told a Manchester rally.
“When Labour wins there will be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away with asset-stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed, and ripping off workers and consumers.”