Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is moving his party closer to offering a second Brexit referendum should they win power.
Labour has said the “only way out” of this Brexit crisis is to hold a second referendum and going “back to the people,” is now the only option when the UK faces a no-deal and the incoming PM has “no mandate.”
Corbyn told reporters in Dublin a second referendum would not be a “re-run of 2016” but “would be on a negotiated deal or alternatives to that,” according to the Irish Times.
When the leader was asked would it be another “in-out” referendum he said, It would be on the basis of whatever we have succeeded in negotiating.”
Bridget Phillipson Labour MP who is a supporter of a referendum said Corbyn is “at last beginning to listen to what our voters and members are saying.”
She added, there is “no immediate prospect of a general election” so Labour should throw their weight behind the People’s Vote campaign.
Corbyn said the Tory contest for the next prime minister and the prospect of a “no-deal zealot” to be the next leader means the issue must go back to the public.
He said, “Labour will work with anyone across party boundaries and do whatever is necessary to stop a disastrous no-deal outcome, which would open the way for a frenzy of deregulation and a race to the bottom in jobs, rights and protections.
“But faced with the threat of no deal and a prime minister with no mandate, the only way out of the Brexit crisis ripping our country apart is now to go back to the people.
“Let the people decide the country’s future, either in a general election or through a public vote on any deal agreed by parliament.
“For Labour any outcome has to work for our whole country, not just one side of this deliberately inflamed divide.”
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