British opposition leader rules out backing Brexit


Jeremy Corbyn, new leader of the opposition Labour Party, has ruled out supporting a campaign for Britain to leave the European Union in a planned referendum, a report said on Thursday.

Corbyn told the BBC that while he was still “developing” his policies, following his election last week, he could not foresee the party under his leadership advocating a “Brexit,” or British exit from the EU.

Corbyn’s stance could be a boost to Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership before holding an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.

Voters in the referendum are expected to be asked the single question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?