Labour set to back public vote on Brexit

UK's Labour party ponders supporting new Brexit referendum

Jeremy Corbyn will back a second Brexit referendum if Labour members vote for one during this week's party conference.

The key paragraph in the document states: "If we can not get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

But shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggested that any such poll would be on whether to accept a Brexit deal or conduct fresh negotiations with Brussels, rather than seek to reverse the 2016 decision to leave the EU.

While Labour has never taken the option of a second referendum off the table, Mr Corbyn is facing intense pressure at the conference to fully back the idea.

Delegates at the party's Liverpool conference will vote on Tuesday on a motion to keep a new referendum "on the table" if Labour is unable to force a general election.

But other Labour figures were unhappy about the desire of the party leadership to see the referendum result honoured including David Lammy, who described Britain's decision in 2016 as a "car crash" that would "wreck the country".

"Certainly, there was no ruling out of anything, and no ruling out of remain as an option".

"If the people's party decide they want the people to have a final say on the deal, we have to respect the view of our members and we will go out and argue for it", he said.

"If the government is confident in negotiating a deal that working people, our economy and communities will benefit from, they should not be afraid to put that deal to the public".

"We believe general election is the best solution because people can then have a wide-ranging debate and also then choose the team that would then do the negotiations".

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said the final wording of any motion would be crucial and that Mr Corbyn would be hoping it did not tie his hands - but that some members would be pushing for a clear commitment to a new referendum.

The 'six tests' comprise a series of metrics put forward by Labour's Brexit shadow minister, Sir Keir Starmer, that provide the party with a framework by which to judge their support for Theresa May's plans. But I'm not calling for a second referendum.

Prime Minister May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum.

Later, questioned on whether Labour would be able to get the support of Conservative MPs required to trigger a vote of no confidence in the government, Corbyn added that his party would be "putting [its] case to parliament" and would "see what happens after that".

May says she will hold her nerve in the talks, pressing the European Union to come up with an alternative proposal to her Chequers plan, named after the prime minister's country residence where a deal was hashed out with her top ministers in July.

Liverpool is a Labour heartland and voted overwhelming for Corbyn's part in the general election a year ago.

He added: "We've now got to turn up the noise until we secure a public vote which gives us the option to remain in the United Kingdom".

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