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UK opposition leader will back second Brexit vote if party wants it

UK opposition leader will back second Brexit vote if party wants it

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If we don't get a general election, then yes, we will go for a People's Vote".

"It was then agreed that if we can not get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

With over half a million people on its books Labour has one of the most representative memberships in United Kingdom politics, and according to recent polls, some 85 per cent of them back a vote on the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

People walk a long a corridor at the Labour Party's conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 24, 2018.

Do you want a second referendum?

Ms Dodds replied: What we're saying is that we need at that stage if Theresa May can't command sufficient support in Parliament to get her deal though, we need to have a general election.

Speaking on the fringes of the Labour conference in Liverpool, Rosie Duffield, the MP for Canterbury, said Labour should send anti-Semitic party members to Auschwitz to understand how poisonous their views are.

The motion was thrashed out by shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, along with more than 100 party delegates and is expected to pass on Tuesday.

"We must back it if Labour members want it", he told The Observer newspaper.

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

Prime Minister Theresa May, who has ruled out a second referendum, says leaving without a deal is the only alternative to her plan that would keep Britain close to Brussels on trade - a blueprint that has been rebuffed by European Union leaders. "We want to negotiate a Labour Brexit".

"The meeting was very careful not to define the question, because we don't know if we're dealing with a deal or no deal - but equally, it was not ruling anything out, and the words "on the deal" were removed, to emphasise the openness of that question", he said.

The key paragraph in the document states: "If we can not get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

Corbyn has so far tried to avoid the divisive subject, instead sticking to promoting a domestic social agenda that helped him upset the odds at last year's general election and strip May of her parliamentary majority.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - who has previously ruled out another referendum - has vowed to respect the decision of party members.

But other Labour figures were unhappy about the desire of the party leadership to see the referendum result honoured including David Lammy, who described Britain's decision in 2016 as a "car crash" that would "wreck the country". "And I've always thought we could".

The tests demand: a "strong and collaborative" future relationship with the EU; the "exact same benefits" as single market and customs union membership; fair management of migration; defence of rights and protections; protection for national security; and delivering for all regions and nations of the UK.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Sir Keir's comments meant the chances of the Brexit process "imploding" in Parliament had gone up significantly.

As activists assembled in Liverpool for their annual gathering, the Labour leader said he would still prefer to force a general election by defeating Theresa May's Brexit plan in the Commons. Once we proved that, they were happy to vote for Labour.


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