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UK Opposition agrees to keep "all options" alive on Brexit

UK Opposition agrees to keep

Hours later, the shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer insisted that the option of remaining in the European Union should be on the ballot paper.

Labour members will then debate and vote on whether all options - including a referendum -should remain open.

"Some have said Labour could vote for any deal the Tories reach".

Asked what the vote would be on, he replied: "Parliament will decide what will be on that ballot paper".

But shadow worldwide trade secretary Barry Gardiner said the idea that Mrs May might call another election was "Looney Tunes territory". "And if there is a general election and we are in office we would go straight to the negotiating table".

Since the 2016 referendum, Labour has stuck to a policy of "constructive ambiguity" in a bid to appeal to both "leave" and "remain" voters.

The Labour leader chatted with supporters and campaigners during his visit - and one affixed a sticker with the crest of Liverpool's arch-rivals Everton on Mr Corbyn's lapel.

The leadership's official position is that it would prefer a general election to be called to give Labour the chance of taking over Brexit negotiations - and only after that could a fresh referendum being considered.

The Sunday Telegraph says Corbyn's comments "pave the way for a significant change in Labour's Brexit policy", and come just two days after Theresa May urged the Labour leader to clarify his position on Brexit, "amid concern that a Labour U-turn could jeopardise any deal reached with Brussels and prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the EU".

However, if an election was not possible, a second referendum should be on the table.

John Mc Donnell is wary about rerunning the 2016 referendum
John Mc Donnell is wary about rerunning the 2016 referendum

But the summit in Salzburg seemed to increase the possibility of Britain leaving without a deal, which could hurt the economy and sever trade flows, and spurred those who want another referendum to try to overturn the 2016 vote. The first referendum is still keeping us busy. We want a general election. "We very rarely have referendums in this country, the people have decided against my wishes and my union's wishes, but they have decided".

Keir Starmer has been forced to reaffirm that Labour has not ruled out a referendum that could cancel Brexit, after John McDonnell appeared to insist the party could only back a vote on the deal itself.

His intervention prompted an angry backlash from pro-Remain Labour MPs.

- Despite unanimous agreement on the party's ruling National Executive Committee, there are still clear splits between party members and the unions on the question of how MP candidates are selected.

Ms Butler's remarks were "far from what we should be standing for as a party", one Labour MP told the Press Association.

But the row continues to reverberate through the party. They did not do this to be offered a farcical referendum on no deal or a bad deal.

The country was at a tipping point, he said, and faced with a resurgence in the "radical right", adding: "This can not be a Labour Party that allows others to wreck our country and stand with the far right". He understood that the motion could allow Britain to vote to stay in the EU.

Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite trade union, a powerful Labour ally, said British voters had chose to leave the EU and "for us now to enter some kind of campaign that opens up that issue again I think would be wrong".

Sir Keir told Labour activists the PM's plans looked set to fail the six tests set by Labour for any deal with Brussels.

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