Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Britain's Labour Party to back new European Union vote in major policy shift

Britain's Labour Party to back new European Union vote in major policy shift

The two candidates in the running to replace her - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - have vowed to succeed where she failed and take Britain out of the European Union, even if that means leaving without an agreement on divorce terms and future relations.

Corbyn added that Labour would campaign to stay in the European Union in the event of a second poll in order to stop the United Kingdom leaving the 28-member bloc without a divorce deal or to stop what he called a "damaging" Brexit.

In the letter, Mr Corbyn wrote: "Now both Tory leadership candidates are threatening a no-deal Brexit - or at best a race to the bottom and a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump".

I have spent the past few weeks consulting with the shadow cabinet, MPs, affiliated unions and the NEC.

The counsel general said: "If it were the case that you had an incoming prime minister seeking a mandate in that general election for a no-deal Brexit, which is a conceivable scenario, in that situation it seems to me that we as a party should be advocating remain in that manifesto rather than a referendum".

It follows months of dithering over Brexit with Labour claiming to back a second referendum in certain circumstances and failing to make clear whether it would back staying in the EU.

While yesterday's announcement does not officially change Labour party policy, it suggests Jeremy Corbyn ally and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has fallen in line with Remain-backing unions such as Unison and the GMB. And anyone prioritising a Tory-managed second referendum over a general election is either misguided or suspect.


With Labour struggling in some opinion polls, some in the party want it to adopt a clearer message to tackle the twin challenges from the pro-EU Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party, led by veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage.

The unions insisted that Labour must campaign for a second referendum - or "confirmatory vote" - on any deal put to parliament by the Conservative government or in the event of no-deal.

Britain's main opposition Labour party moved a step closer Monday (8 July) to a policy that could see it reverse Brexit - but only in some circumstances.

The Conservative Party may be in a turmoil over the leadership elections, but the Labour Party are in even worse trouble.

"The @LibDems are the only party that can get into govt which is 100% committed to stopping Brexit". Labour has the chance to speak up for its values and to channel the growing anger in the country about the negation of democracy that is being imposed on us all.

He adds that Labour's alternative plan for Brexit represented "a sensible alternative that could bring the country together". Because calling for a "people's vote" without a general election means you are fine with the Conservatives managing the result of that referendum.

Rather than making a Tory-managed second referendum the focus, the Labour leadership should hold its nerve.

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