Published: Tue, September 25, 2018

Labour plunged into new confusion over second European Union referendum — BREXIT CLASH

Labour plunged into new confusion over second European Union referendum — BREXIT CLASH

On ITV1's Good Morning Britain, Mr McDonnell suggested that a general election would be "the real People's Vote" because it would give the public the chance to change the team carrying out the negotiations, replacing Theresa May with a Labour government.

Speaking separately to the BBC's Peinaar's Politics yesterday, Len McLusky, the leader of Britain's biggest union Unite which is also Labour's leading donor, threw his support behind a second referendum, but said the option of staying in the EU should not be on the ballot, and rather the public should choose between whether to endorse May's final deal or opt for no deal at all.

The motion that will be voted on by party members on Tuesday commits Labour to supporting a public vote if it can not force a general election, saying the party should consider "all options remaining on the table".

"Certainly, there was no ruling out of anything, and no ruling out of remain as an option".

The shadow chancellor told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We argued for Remain in the past, but we lost that vote so we have to respect that".

At a fringe event in Liverpool, ITV News spoke to members of Jewish Labour Movement, who said that strong leadership is required by Jeremy Corbyn for the party to be trusted by voters over anti-Semitism.

'Let's see what comes out of conference and then obviously I'm bound by the democracy of our party, ' he said.


"All the polling that we have seen is that the country is still pretty split down the middle".

The key sentence said: "If we can not get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

Starmer said the compromise reached at the Sunday night meeting - and which will be ratified by conference delegates on Tuesday - deliberately left open what the question would be. Once we proved that, they were happy to vote for Labour.

A YouGov survey of more than 1,000 Labour members for "The Observer" found 86pc support a referendum on the outcome of Brexit talks, against just 8pc who oppose it. Most of the party's half a million members voted in 2016 to remain in the European Union, but many of its 257 lawmakers represent areas of the country that wanted to leave.

"If the government is confident in negotiating a deal that working people, our economy and communities will benefit from, they should not be afraid to put that deal to the public".

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock warned: "One thing we know a referendum will not do, it will not reunite our country".

Corbyn's second-in-command, finance spokesman John McDonnell, was clear - the question should not involve a re-run of the 2016 referendum by including an option to remain in the EU.

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