Jeremy Corbyn: How 11 points could prove Labour leader is Brexiteer despite power grab

JEREMY CORBYN is hatching a plot to seize power from Boris Johnson and delay Brexit – but the Labour leader has consistently expressed Eurosceptic views since the Seventies, it can be revealed.

Mr Corbyn is determined to delay Brexit still further in what has been dubbed a shameless bid to seize the keys to Downing Street. His plans were outlined in a letter to Westminster's opposition leaders and key Tory rebels, as he called for a motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson's leadership so he could serve as a caretaker Prime Minister. He then claimed he would seek a further Brexit extension with the EU before calling a general election. 

However, now the Labour veteran’s long history of Euroscepticism can be exposed, right back to when he voted to leave the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1975.

The EEC was the precursor to the EU, which the UK joined in 1973.

Two years later there was a referendum on whether to leave or not, in which the British public voted to remain 63-33.

However, Mr Corbyn went against the grain to oppose membership of the EEC while serving as a local councillor in the London borough of Haringey.

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Jeremy Corbyn as councillor with Les Silverstone in September 1975 (Image: GETTY)

He later opposed further European integration in the form of the Maastricht Treaty, which created the EU as it is known today.

In a 1993 Commons debate about it, Mr Corbyn made his opinion very clear.

He said: “The Maastricht Treaty does not take us in the direction of checks and balances contained in the American federal constitution.

“It takes us in the opposite direction of an unelected legislative body – the [European] Commission – and, in the case of foreign policy, a policy Commission that will be, in effect, imposing foreign policy on nation states that have fought for their own democratic accountability.”

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Jeremy Corbyn, 1984 (Image: GETTY)

On another occasion, he argued a left-wing government would not want to be part of a body like the EU.

He said: “The whole basis of the Maastricht Treaty is the establishment of a European central bank which is staffed by bankers, independent of national governments and national economic policies, and whose sole policy is the maintenance of price stability.

“This will undermine any social objective that any Labour Government in the United Kingdom – or any other government – would wish to carry out.”

Mr Corbyn voted against ratifying the Treaty, but was outnumbered by Europhiles in Parliament.

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Jeremy Corbyn's Labour campaigned to Remain in 2016 (Image: GETTY)

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Jeremy Corbyn is still refusing to clarify his own Brexit position (Image: GETTY)

Three years later, Mr Corbyn was still expressing Eurosceptic views.

At the 1996 Labour Party conference, he described the EU as “totally unaccountable to anybody".

In 1997, Mr Corbyn was placed on Eurosceptic ‘white list’ along with 25 other Labour MPs.

The list was drawn up by Anglo-French financier Sir James Michael Goldsmith, who in 1994 created the Referendum Party advocating an in/out public vote on EU membership.

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According to an article in The Guardian on April, 17, 1997, Mr Corbyn was on the list alongside other MPs of the ‘old left’ including Dennis Skinner, Tony Benn and Bernie Grant.

The article, written by Alan Travis, read: “Tony Blair will face problems with his own Eurosceptics.

“Some 26 appear on Sir James’ ‘white list’.

“The names are the usual suspects from the old Labour left such as Dennis Skinner, Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Grant.”

Mr Goldsmith’s Referendum Party ran candidates in a total of 547 out of 659 constituencies, more than any minor party had ever fielded in a UK election.

In 2008, Mr Corbyn opposed the Lisbon Treaty, which entrenched further European integration.

In 2011, he backed a proposed Brexit referendum.

Then, in 2015, Mr Corbyn accused the EU of acting “brutally” towards Greece during its financial crisis.

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Jeremy Corbyn and his deputy Tom Watson (Image: GETTY)

In an interview on LBC he said: “If Europe becomes a totally brutal organisation that treats every one of its member states in the way that the people of Greece have been treated at the moment, then I think Europe will lose a lot of support from a lot of people.”

That same year, he appointed Eurosceptic Seumas Milne as a key Labour adviser.

Formerly a Guardian journalist, Mr Milne became the party’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications.

During the 2016 Brexit referendum, the Labour Party officially backed the Remain camp but Mr Corbyn was accused of an ineffective referendum campaign.

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Jeremy Corbyn has been critical of the European Commission (Image: GETTY)

One of his own MPs Phil Wilson accused him of “sabotaging” Labour’s Remain campaign with his “wilfully abysmal performance”.

After the result was announced, Mr Corbyn insisted that Article 50 should be triggered immediately.

He said in a BBC interview: “The British people have made their decision.

“We must respect that result and Article 50 has to be invoked now so that we negotiate an exit from the European Union.”

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Jeremy Corbyn whipped his party to vote for Theresa May's bill triggering Article 50 (Image: GETTY)

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will take the UK out of the EU deal or not (Image: GETTY)

When former Prime Minister Theresa May brought the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) bill to the Commons, Mr Corbyn whipped his MPs to vote it through.

He said: “I am asking all our MPs not to block Article 50 and make sure it goes through this week.”

Despite this, 47 of 229 Labour MPs voted against the bill in defiance of the three-line whip, including 10 junior shadow ministers.

Then, during the 2017 General Election, Mr Corbyn’s Labour campaigned on a Leave platform.

To this day, Mr Corbyn has refused to clarify his position on Brexit, but many believe his personal view is that the UK is better off outside the EU.