Published: Wed, May 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Stitch-up Incoming? 'Movement' on Brexit Deal Between Tories and Corbyn

Stitch-up Incoming? 'Movement' on Brexit Deal Between Tories and Corbyn

And Corbyn-backing Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle warned that a failure to offer a referendum could scotch the party leader's chances of getting to 10 Downing Street.

A Labour source confirmed: "The NEC agreed the manifesto which will be fully in line with Labour's existing policy; to support Labour's alternative plan, and if we can't get the necessary changes to the government's deal, or a general election, to back the option of a public vote".

The governing body of Britain's main opposition Labour Party is meeting today (Tuesday) to decide whether to include a second Brexit referendum as one of its campaign promises for the upcoming European elections.

It has also been signed by Labour MPs, AMs and council leaders.

Furthermore, over 20 of the prospective Labour MEPs have already pledged to campaign for a second referendum.

Members are also ready to quit and vote for pro-remain parties if Mr Corbyn refuses to adopt the policy while Laura Parker, a director for grassroots group Momentum, has said: "Labour must take a side. So I left to walk to the NEC".

In a letter, they said the party risks "losing substantial support" if it does not back a second poll.

The deal that Prime Minister Theresa May agreed with the EU has been rejected three times by parliament, forcing the Conservative leader to open talks with Labour to try to find common ground and win approval to avoid taking part in the European elections.

"We are working to bring the country together after the chaos and crisis created by the Tories".

At present, Mr Corbyn has only said a fresh public vote on Brexit must remain among the options as parliament wrestles with the UK's divorce from the European Union, in line with Labour's party conference motion from last September.

Labour's business spokesman, Rebecca Long-Bailey, yesterday suggested the party's call for a second referendum would not apply if it did a deal with Theresa May.

But with a new Brexit deadline set for October 31, parties are readying themselves for the May 23 European Parliament elections, offering those wanting to remain in the EU and others supporting a clean break another potential battleground.

"If we don't do it, the coming years will be divisive because people will be turning round and saying 'Hang on, I didn't vote for this"'.

Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray, an early supporter of a second EU referendum, said that "given there won't be a General Election and the Tories will not agree Customs Union and Single Market, the Labour EU manifesto commits to a public vote".

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