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Corbyn warned over second EU referendum

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Labour backbenchers has warned the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn not to include a second EU referendum in any compromise deal with the prime minister.

On Thursday Labour and the government were locked in intensive talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock ahead of the summit in Brussels on 10 April.

Shadow secretary Sir Keir Starmer confirmed a “confirmatory” referendum was on the table for discussion.

Earlier on Thursday Conservative MP Philip Hammond, split the Conservative party as he said a second referendum “deserves to be tested in Parliament,” and is now a “credible” option.

Hammond told ITV’s Peston programme, “Many people will disagree with it [a second referendum], I’m not sure there is a majority in Parliament for it, but it’s a perfectly credible proposition and it deserves to be tested in Parliament.”

However, 25 Labour MPs wrote a joint letter to Corbyn warning him over a second referendum, they said it will “divide the country further and add uncertainty for business”.

They warned, “A second referendum would be exploited by the far right, damage the trust of many core Labour voters and reduce our chances of winning a general election.”




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