Clive Lewis backs Labours move to support second European Union referendum

Theresa May said the UK will only leave on 29 March with explicit consent of parliament
Theresa May said the UK will only leave on 29 March with explicit consent of parliament

26 February, 2019

Labour will put forward or support "an amendment in favour of a fresh public vote "to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit" if their own proposed Brexit deal is thrown out of parliament tomorrow (local time), which is nearly certain".

Parliament is due to debate and vote on Wednesday on the next steps in Britain's tortuous departure from the European Union, and lawmakers are set to put down proposals, or amendments, which could include demanding the exit deal is put to a public vote.

At a weekly party meeting this evening, Corbyn is expected to also confirm Labour will back a cross-party effort led by lawmakers Yvette Cooper and Oliver Letwin to prevent the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union on March 29.

"I believe that in the situation we are in, an extension would be a rational solution", Tusk told reporters at an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt, acknowledging that he and May had discussed prolonging the negotiations.

Corbyn added that if it fails, they will instead call for a People's Vote on the final deal with the EU.

Mr Watson's comments were echoed by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who said a referendum was "increasingly on the agenda".

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She said: "We will have a referendum on whatever deal that may or may not pass through Parliament and we would be saying to the people 'Do you want this or do you want to Remain?'"

"One way or another, we will do everything in our power to prevent no-deal and oppose a damaging Tory Brexit based on Theresa May's overwhelmingly rejected deal", Corbyn told a meeting of Labour MPs on Monday evening, according to his office.

The Kyle-Wilson amendment is not expected to be tabled tomorrow, but could be pushed forward on the day of the meaningful vote in March.

It's a major shift for Corbyn and comes after members of his team have been pushing him toward a second referendum. Last week, eight referendum-supporting lawmakers quit the Labour Party, in part owing to frustration over his failure to back another vote.

'We either get our policy through or anything else goes through to a public vote'.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "A referendum with no remain option would be ludicrous".

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