Labour opposition says preparing to vote against May's Brexit deal

Blanche Robertson
September 25, 2018

"John McDonnell has confirmed that Labour would back a public vote on Brexit if a general election doesn't take place", Best for Britain boss Elaine Todd said.

Ivor Caplin, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, believes the party can overcome the issue and persuade the public to vote Labour - like they have before.

Mr Umunna, a leading member of the cross-party People's Vote campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, which staged a march in Liverpool on Sunday, wants the option of staying in the European Union to be put before voters.

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".

With Mrs May ruling out alternative plans, Labour now looks set to oppose any deal this autumn - even though that could leave the United Kingdom facing a no-deal Brexit, which the party says it opposes.

But he has also claimed they are being forced out the party by supporters of Mr Corbyn - something denied by Mr Corbyn.

Brexit has so far largely dominated this year's party conference, a meeting of Labour members who are increasingly confident that Corbyn will soon be leading a government.

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

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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.

Mr Corbyn has been under pressure to support a second vote on the Brexit negotiations which would allow the public to reject a deal brought back to parliament.

Should Labour judge May's plans to have negative outcome in response to the above questions, then the party is likely to vote down her Chequers plan in the commons.

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.

The motion says: "If we can not get a general election, Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote". "That was clearly the mood of the room, and in fact that's reflected in the motion". "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".

But some Tory moderates had hoped that, faced with the prospect of no deal, some Labour MPs would vote with the Government.

Prime Minister May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum. He said "I think it would only become a possibility if Theresa May fails to reach an agreement with the EU".

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