Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

Labour has said it intends to vote against Theresa May's deal, if it resembles the Chequers proposals set out in the summer white paper.

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".

'In that case it will be about whether you accept the deal or not or whether you send people back to negotiate a proper deal'.

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

"The last one divided the country in a way we've not seen in recent years - I want a general election". "Now, we have to prove to the British public that we can deal with hard decisions like they can trust us to take the right decisions when we get into government".

Hours later, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir - who has clashed before with the leadership over the party's Brexit policy - told journalists that Sunday night's marathon meeting on policy "was very clear that the question of a public vote should be open".

And Mr McDonnell 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 rally at the World Transformed Festival, Mr Corbyn said the "poorest and most vulnerable" had been forced to pay the price for the 2008 financial crash.

A People's Vote campaign spokesman said the conference motion was "clear movement" towards adopting a referendum.

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Starmer will say the Conservative government does not have a credible plan for Brexit, and that there is no majority in parliament for May's so-called "Chequers" proposals, which envisage close ties with the European Union in the trade of goods.

"A People's Vote is the only realistic option to save this country from the auto crash of Brexit".

"No Tory or DUP MP is likely to vote for a general election".

He added: "We've now got to turn up the noise until we secure a public vote which gives us the option to remain in the United Kingdom".

SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell said a general election would be "the real People's Vote" on Brexit.

'And if the Prime Minister thinks we'll wave through a vague deal asking us to jump blindfolded into the unknown she can think again.

Allies of Mr Corbyn insist the wording of today's motion does not commit him to backing a new vote as it would still be only "an option on the table" if Mrs May refuses to call a new election.

And speaking on the fringes of the Labour conference on Sunday evening, Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS union, also said there should be "no second referendum on the principle" of EU membership.

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