Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

UK's Labour opposition says it might back new Brexit vote

UK's Labour opposition says it might back new Brexit vote

"I really worry about another referendum", said Mr McDonnell.

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

In the published motion which the Labour conference will debate later on Tuesday, the party again set out is position on Brexit - it wants full participation in the EU's single market after Brexit and will reject a "no deal Brexit".

And more than 100 constituency parties have submitted motions calling for the issue to be put to a vote. "I don't know what's going to come out of all the compositing meetings that are going on".

However, if an election was not possible, a second referendum should be on the table.

"So if conference makes a decision I will not walk away from it and I will act accordingly".

Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a thumbs up gesture as he arrives for an interview by BBC TV journalist Andrew Marr, in Liverpool, England, Sunday Sept. 23, 2018.

"They're blown a little bit out of proportion, but we double down, we don't throw our toys out the pram, hold our nerve, keep our cool", Raab said.

The clash reflects deep splits within the party over the merits of backing a so-called "People's Vote".

"So, let me be very clear - right here, right now: if Theresa May brings back a deal that fails our tests - and that looks increasingly likely - Labour will vote against it".

"We anticipate attacks from the far-right. but his year we have experienced attacks from the left", said MP Luciana Berger.

"We want people to be up to decide the future of the country".

In his party conference speech, Sir Keir said Labour's goal was not to "frustrate the process" but to "stop a destructive Tory Brexit".

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Labour would need time to affect a negotiating shift if they were to win snap general elections, but with less than six months to go and the parliament deeply divided, there is little hope that the current impasse over the UK's relationship with the European Union can be resolved without a second referendum.

Some 81% believe their standard of living would get worse after Brexit and 89% said it would be bad for jobs.

"Labour have to come to a decision".

Deputy leader Tom Watson was even firmer.

Shadow equalities minister Ms Butler's comments were criticised by fellow Labour frontbencher Baroness Thornton. "That includes campaigning for a public vote", he said.

Fellow Lords frontbencher Lord Kennedy retweeted Lady Thornton, adding: "Well said".

Senior Labour party member Emily Thornberry also suggested recently that she was confident that a general election would happen in the fall or in spring 2019.

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

But the shadow chancellor infuriated anti-Brexit campaigners on Monday morning by echoing remarks made on Sunday by Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, suggesting Labour should not accept any referendum that appeared to question the result in 2016.

"We're not ruling out a people's vote, but there's a real risk, and I think people need to take that into account when we're arguing for one".

But he told BBC Radio 4's Today: "If we are going to respect the referendum it will be about the deal".

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