Labour leader says a general election triggered by the Brexit crisis will be "a crossroads" for the country

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will today urge voters to back him if there is a snap election this autumn, saying it will be a “once-in-a-generation chance” for a change.

The Labour leader is making his pitch in a speech in Corby, Northamptonshire.

He will say: “While Brexit is the framework of the crisis we face, the problems facing our country run much deeper.

“A general election triggered by the Tory Brexit crisis will be a crossroads for our country. It will be a once-in-a-generation chance for a real change of direction, potentially on the scale of 1945 or 1979. Things cannot go on as they were before.”

The Labour leader will compare Boris Johnson to Donald Trump, slamming him as a “fake populist and phoney outsider”.

On Brexit, Corbyn will say the Labour Party will do “everything necessary” to prevent a no deal exit from the EU. He will add: “Labour believes the decision on how to resolve the Brexit crisis must go back to the people.

“And if there is a general election this autumn, Labour would commit to holding a public vote, to give voters the final say, with credible options for both sides, including the option to remain.”