Labour wants second Brexit vote if May's deal ignores proposals

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaving home in London yesterdayy.

"We are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory (Conservative) Brexit being forced on the country", Labour leader Corbyn was due to tell a meeting of his lawmakers on Monday, his office said.

But at the EU-Arab summit in Egypt, Theresa May said a delay was not the answer.

Labour's Brexit spokesperson, Keir Starmer, said Labour would back an amendment calling for a referendum if MPs defeat the party's latest attempt to force Prime Minister Theresa May into accepting their alternative Brexit plan of a permanent customs union with the EU and continued EU-level workplace rights.

The amended plan would include "close alignment" with the EU's single market, protection for Britain's role in the bloc's various agencies and a wide-reaching "security agreement", the statement added.

A Welsh Labour spokesman said the move was "consistent with the position [Welsh Government] and Welsh Labour have long advocated - Parliament should work to get a deal that puts jobs and the economy first". Corbyn is more anti-EU than his party, the membership of which backs a second referendum.


Labour is in talks with backbench MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson over an amendment they are proposing that would approve Mrs May's deal, but put it to a public vote. MP David Lammy said that it would be "wrong" to force Brexit on the public in the current circumstances and that "any deal will be worse than the one we've already got inside the European Union".

The European Union has a questionable relationship with referendums, with several nations having found themselves re-running national votes that didn't go in Brussels favour, or having the original votes ignored altogether.

"We're working with them to see if we can have a re-draft of that amendment which people could vote for, and I think there's a high possibility we could", he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics.

"We can not risk no deal", Gardiner told the Sky News broadcaster, adding that a movement towards a second vote was growing more visible.

Plaid Cymru's Brexit spokesperson, Hywel Williams said: "Jeremy Corbyn is being dragged kicking and screaming towards the only sensible solution - a People's Vote".


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