The Labour leader said he wouldn’t try to overturn the vote even if there was another snap election and he found himself in Number 10.
‘We can’t stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered. What we can do is recognise the reasons why people voted Leave,’ Corbyn told German magazine Der Spiegel.
Jeremy Corbyn has no plans to push for a second referendum, even if there is another snap election
But while he respected the the result of the referendum, Corbyn said the Tory Party was not fulfilling voter’s wishes.
He said: ‘People voted Leave, or they voted Remain, but nobody voted to lose their job. Nobody voted to reduce their living standards or working conditions.’
The Labour leader, 69, admitted he felt sorry for Theresa May but hinted she should step down for her own good.
He told the magazine: ‘I am a decent human being, I feel sorry for anyone in distress. But the best way for anyone to alleviate distress is to take yourself away from the source of it.’
Corbyn criticised Mrs May for pushing towards a deregulated economy like the US and said if he were PM he would propose a new customs union with the EU, one that would protect the Irish border and ‘ensure that our supply chains worked in both directions’.
His comments come as the potential for another election has been predicted if May‘s Brexit negotiations fail.
Jo Johnson’s decision to quit as transport minister saw pro-EU and arch-Brexiteers in the Conservative Party unite to attack the Prime Minister’s stance.
Mrs May also had to deal with a challenge from Northern Ireland’s DUP whose support she needs to command a Commons majority.
The Labour leader, 69, admitted he felt sorry for Theresa May but suggested she should step down
Meanwhile, Jo Johnson, who supported Remain in the referendum campaign, delivered a stinging rebuke to Mrs May’s Brexit position as he walked out of Government in protest.
He said: ‘To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis.
‘We are barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU.
‘With no say over the rules that will govern huge swathes of our economy.’
Boris Johnson backed his brother’s decision, saying: ‘We may not have agreed about Brexit but we are united in dismay at the intellectually and politically indefensible of the UK position.’
Speaking of his brother, Jo Johnson acknowledged that the Brexit negotiations ‘have at least united us in fraternal dismay’.