Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s New Year 2017 message

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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he understands the lack of trust in politicians and the EU that led to the Brexit vote during his New Year 2017 message.

Mr Corbyn said 2016 would “live long in all our memories” and would be defined by the EU referendum.

Following the European Referendum vote,  UK now had “the chance to do things differently”, he said.

While claiming that his party would not go against the will of the majority of the British people and block Brexit, he said he would not support a deal with the EU which merely “protects the bankers in the City”.

“A Brexit that protects the bankers in the City and continues to give corporate handouts to the biggest companies is not good enough.”

Mr Corbyn has said his party will try to amend legislation if the government is forced to consult Parliament before triggering Brexit, but has said this will not mean the process being delayed.

Mr Corbyn said the UK’s political system was “letting down the people of this country”, urging action on social care, homelessness, job security and education.

Prime Minister Theresa May has also released her own New Year’s message to the British people.

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