JEREMY Corbyn is tonight set to formally back a second referendum after MPs threw out his plans for a soft Brexit. The leftie Labour boss’s officia
JEREMY Corbyn is tonight set to formally back a second referendum after MPs threw out his plans for a soft Brexit.
The leftie Labour boss’s official policy will now be to betray the 17.4million Brits who voted to leave the EU, and send them back to the polls to have another go.
Labour’s amendment was defeated by 240 votes to 323 in the Commons this evening after his last-ditch plans for a soft Brexit failed.
And a Labour spokesperson confirmed tonight it was now their policy.
They said: “As we’ve laid out, we will back a public vote in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a No Deal outcome.
“But of course we will continue to push for the other options as well to prevent those outcomes.”
Mr Corbyn said this week that if the PM’s deal manages to pass “there must be a confirmatory vote to see if it’s what the people voted for”.
- MPs voted overwhelmingly to hold another vote on delaying Brexit if the PM doesn’t have a deal by the end of March
- But dozens of Tories abstained on it in a furious show of their anger at Mrs May for paving the way for Brexit to be reversed
- The Government agreed to seek a separate deal with the EU to protect EU citizens rights no matter what happens with Brexit
And Labour’s Brexit boss Sir Keir Starmer had earlier in the debate confirmed the policy would shift after their plan failed.
He said: “If this amendment is defeated and the PM refuses to negotiate a close economic relationship, Labour will support or put forward an amendment in favour of a public vote.
“That public vote would include a credible leave option and Remain.”
Plymouth MP Luke Sutton said after the defeat tonight: “Labour has tried to propose improvements to a Brexit deal and Tory MPs keep voting sensible suggestions down.
“Only way to break the deadlock is now a public vote giving the people the final say.”
And People’s Vote campaigner Alison McGovern added: “The crisis is now so great the public must be heard.”
Labour will support or put forward an amendment in favour of a public vote.
Labour's Sir Keir Starmer
But as the war in the party continues, Unite boss Len McCluskey declared there was “little support for a second referendum” among Britain’s factory workers.
And Labour MP for Stoke Central Gareth Snell attacked his party’s Brexit policy – claiming it appeared as though it wanted to reverse Brexit “at any cost”.
Shadow Brexit Minister Matthew Pennycook added: “Now time to wholeheartedly get behind efforts to facilitate a new public vote that includes the option of staying in the EU.”
Earlier today Mr Corbyn wrote to all MPs – including Tories – to try and get them to get behind his soft Brexit blueprint, which would have forced Mrs May to go for a customs union with the EU.
Mr Corbyn said: “In recent weeks I’ve been speaking to businesses, industry organisations and trade unions to get their views on the way forward.
“It is their overwhelming view that we need a new comprehensive customs union and close alignment with the single market.
“I very much hope you will consider backing our amendment – which respects the result of the 2016 referendum, and one which safeguards jobs, investment and industry in this country.”
And he said he would be happy to meet or talk to anyone who might want to get behind it.
He was trying to keep both sides of his warring party happy, and this week finally vowed to support another vote after months of dithering.
But as a lifelong Eurosceptic he doesn’t really want a vote which could see Britain stay in the EU.
And the move enraged Brexiteers in Leave-voting areas in the Midlands and North who said it would keep him out of power and lose their votes forever.
What did MPs vote on today in the Commons?
A SERIES of Brexit votes took place in the House of Commons tonight.
A – Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit deal (rejected 323 – 240)
The Labour boss wanted to force the PM to try for a customs union with the bloc.
K – SNP’s, banning No Deal (rejected 324 – 288)
This would accept that the Commons won’t leave the EU without a deal at all, regardless of any Brexit date.
C – Cooper-Letwin bill paving amendment (not moved so no vote)
This would have given MPs the right to take control of Brexit and delay it if there were no Brexit deal in place by March 18.
B – Alberto Costa’s EU citizens rights (accepted by the Government, passed with no vote)
This will force the PM to seek a joint EU-UK deal on citizens rights no matter what happens with her Brexit deal.
F – Spelman/Dromey’s to enshrine PM’s Brexit extension promise (accepted)
This notes the PM’s commitment to hold a vote on extending Article 50, which she promised in the House of Commons yesterday. If MPs reject the deal and reject leaving with No Deal, she will have to bring forward legislation to change our EU exit date and delay Brexit.
But this isn’t legally binding on the PM.
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Newly independent MP Chris Leslie said today that the move was proof that Labour’s policy on Brexit was still incredibly muddled.
He blasted: “The Labour leadership are stuck repeating their already-rejected approach, sending confused signals about what their Brexit policy actually is.
“It’s clear the established parties are focused on internal party politics ahead of the national interest.”
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