Labour open to second Brexit vote if deal fails, says Tom Watson

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

The Labour leader's comments came after his shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the party was not ruling out a second referendum on the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union.

He said: "We've now got two propositions, we've got the Labour proposition which I think has the majority support in Parliament, and the Prime Minister's new proposition, let's put it to a vote".

The deputy leader added that Labour wanted to work to get the best deal for the UK.

Corbyn said it is clear that "this government is not capable of securing a deal to protect the economy, jobs and living standards", and that it "cannot secure a good deal for Britain".

"We will obviously examine the details of this alleged agreement within the Cabinet".

Theresa May should call a fresh general election if she can not get agreement on her Brexit plan, Jeremy Corbyn said.

UK's foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, resigned Monday following the resignation of Brexit's top leader, David Davies, hours earlier, in a sign the United Kingdom government is crumbling while trying to negotiate a deal to leave the European Union.


He said: "It is Parliament that should decide what happens next, it should have the power to decide the options, and this might involve a general election or a "People's Vote".

"But we're not ruling out a second referendum".

But Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner said: "it is absolutely not our policy to have a second referendum". We respect the result of the first referendum.

Labour Peer Lord Adonis called for a second referendum following the resignation of David Davis.

Asked if the Tories were splitting, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I think there is one issue of grave concern and that is the Government has been briefing Labour members of Parliament".

"A people's vote with the option to stay in the European Union, which is now profoundly in the economic interest".

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