Labour to push for Commons vote on second Brexit referendum - John McDonnell

Minnie Murray
March 2, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party had indicated that his party will back another European Union referendum if their plan was defeated.

"If we are successful in amending the Theresa May deal by making statutory changes to the political declaration, I think that puts us in a different position".

Elsewhere, MPs voted by 324 votes to 288 to reject a Scottish National Party motion to avoid "no deal". Most lawmakers oppose a no-deal exit, but May's promise to allow a vote on that after the vote on her deal was enough to persuade many not to intervene yet.

Any more significant Conservative bust-ups have now been delayed for up to two weeks, as Mrs May prepares to bring her Withdrawal Agreement back to the Commons for a "meaningful vote" by March 12, although there have been hints the showdown could be as soon as next week.

Mr Corbyn told Labour MPs on Monday that he was ready to support moves to demand a public vote "to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country".

MPs are nearly certain to reject such an option and will then have a March 14 vote on a short Brexit delay, probably extending until late June.

The EU is adamant that the legally binding withdrawal agreement can't be changed, though the bloc's negotiators are holding talks with UK. "It is my responsibility as deputy leader to ensure people have confidence in our complaints system and our ability to deal transparently with the scourge of antisemitism".

British businesses also welcomed the prospect of a delay.

'He's entitled to a fair hearing but I've been very, very concerned that his comments have nearly been deliberately inflammatory and causing offence to not just parliamentary colleagues but people in the Jewish community who understandably have a real concern about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party'.


Ahead of Wednesday's debate, Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Brexit during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

He won support from activists in Sheffield Hallam, where the constituency Labour party passed a motion saying the allegation Mr Williamson was downplaying anti-Semitism was "totally unfounded" and pledged to write to Ms Formby calling for his reinstatement.

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Wednesday that there must be clarity that extending negotiations wouldn't just prolong the impasse facing both sides.

Theresa May on Tuesday made one of her biggest Brexit U-turns so far, bringing significant new uncertainty to the process of the United Kingdom leaving the EU.

"It is unacceptable to allow our representatives to slander the party and its members whilst we put them into office", the motion said.

"We don't need time". "We would agree to an extension only if it is justified by a new choice by the British", he said.

The Office for National Statistics said Thursday that though the number of European Union citizens coming into Britain continues to add to the population, the difference between those coming into the country and those leaving fell in the year to September 2018 to 57,000, its lowest level since 2009.

"If Britain needs some more time, we won't refuse but we are striving for an orderly solution i.e.an orderly exit of Britain from the European Union", she said.

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