Labour threat to vote against Theresa May's Brexit plan

JEREMY-CORBYN
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27 September, 2018

On Good Morning Britain he 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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party has been accused of a "farcical" cop out, after refusing to commit to a second Brexit referendumin which voters will be given the option of remaining in the EU.

His comments came as a poll for The Observer found 86% of Labour members think voters should have the final say on the outcome of Brexit negotiations, and 90% would now vote to remain in the EU.

The tactic was condemned in dramatic scenes at that year's party conference, where then leader Neil Kinnock denounced "the grotesque chaos of a Labour council - a Labour council - hiring taxis to scuttle round a city handing out redundancy notices to its own workers".

"We could well be looking towards a general election and you know what?"

As Labour's conference officially begins in Liverpool on Sunday, a march of MPs, MEPs, union leaders and activists will attempt to put pressure on the party to throw its weight behind a so-called People's Vote.

Until now, deselection votes have required support from 50% of a local party's electorate.

But May has ruled out a second referendum and has said she will hold her nerve in talks with the European Union over her Chequers plan, named after her country residence where an agreement with her top ministers was hashed out in July.

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"I don't think there's many Tory MPs want a Labour government, but there's many Tory MPs that are very, very angry at the way their Government is performing and might feel it is the right time for the country to make a decision on the future".

Asked about marathon party talks on the issue, he said: 'We weren't ruling out options and no one was ruling out Remain'.

But the summit in Salzburg seemed to increase the possibility of Britain leaving without a deal, which could hurt the economy and sever trade flows, and spurred those who want another referendum to try to overturn the 2016 vote.

"We will respect the referendum", McDonnell told Radio 4.

The move leaves the Prime Minister brutally exposed to a rebellion by restive Tory backbenchers, with fewer than a dozen able to fracture her fragile control of the Commons in the upcoming vote.

Mr Corbyn said that he would allow a "clear vote" during party conference over the question of whether the Labour Party would formally back a people's vote and that he would be "bound" by their decision. It calls for Britain to leave the EU but remain in the bloc's customs union with "full access" to the EU's huge single market. Once we proved that, they were happy to vote for Labour.

Brexit minister Robin Walker accused Labour of trying to take the United Kingdom "back to square one" and of wanting to re-run the referendum, saying: "Labour promised to respect the referendum result, but are just playing political games and trying to frustrate it".

Labour's policy on Brexit is significant because of the current weakness of Prime Minister Theresa May's government, which lacks a stable majority in parliament and could face defeat by MPs if and when it brings a final deal with Brussels for a vote.


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