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Labour outline Brexit people's vote plan

Labour outline Brexit people's vote plan

Jeremy Corbyn's proposal, which includes close trade ties with the EU and keeping the United Kingdom in a customs union, was defeated by 323 votes to 240.

Any public vote would "offer the British people a choice between a credible "Leave" option endorsed by this house, and the option of staying in the EU", he said.

McDonnell made the bold claim in an interview on ITV's Peston show, arguing that when May does bring another vote back on her deal, due on or before March 12, then Labour can win on their new European Union referendum amendment, because eurosceptic MPs are "shifting" their positions.

Britain's MPs had voted in January for changes to the backstop and talks are now taking place with the European Union in an attempt to secure those changes, leaving the exit deadline of March 29 hanging in the balance.

I will have you know that people actually voted in the first referendum so I don't really know why it is called a people's vote, but perhaps more people might vote in it this time, if it goes ahead, and perhaps they might also see the wider picture.

The Chair of the Tory Party's eurosceptic European Research Group, said postponing the departure day now set for March 29 could be "the price we have to pay to get out properly".

Mr Corbyn, however, in a move likely to frustrate Europhile Labour MPs, added that he would "continue to push" for other options, including Labour's Brexit plan and a general election.

A large number of Labour seats backed Leave in the June 2016 referendum.

Elsewhere, Labour's Dame Louise Ellman said it would be "very difficult" to tell people to vote for Mr Corbyn to be prime minister unless he "changes in a very radical way".

Britain's agriculture minister has resigned Thursday over a decision to give lawmakers a vote on delaying Brexit beyond March 29 if Prime Minister Theresa May's deal is rejected.

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Lawmakers voted 502-20 in support of an amendment proposed by opposition Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper that spelled out May's proposed timetable.

This could all change, of course, if the government itself accepted a referendum in exchange for MPs backing her Brexit deal.

Then-Labour MPs admitted there would never be a referendum on Brexit without Mr Corbyn's support.

With just 32 days left until Britain is due to leave the EU, Jeremy Corbyn has finally announced a framework for a second referendum as agreed in the last Labour Party conference.

Prime Minister Theresa May has continually said she was committed to avoiding a hard border: "We are absolutely committed to there being no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland".

Labour has suspended Chris Williamson from the party, in the wake of the controversy after footage emerged of him saying Labour had been "too apologetic" about incidents of anti semitism. "We will back a public vote in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a disastrous no-deal outcome", Mr Corbyn said on Wednesday night.

Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said it was "horrific".

In this scenario, MPs will therefore need to decide whether to accept leaving without a deal and, if that fails, an Article 50 extension.

Mr Costa quit his position as an unpaid parliamentary aide in the Scotland Office, despite Home Secretary Sajid Javid saying he supported his proposal and Downing Street making clear that Mrs May does not oppose it.