UK's Labour Party ponders supporting new Brexit referendum

Corbyn ‘Workers are Britain’s real wealth creators. They deserve a seat at the table

Corbyn ‘Workers are Britain’s real wealth creators. They deserve a seat at the table

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

His comments pave the way for a significant change in Labour's Brexit policy, with delegates gathering at this year's conference in Liverpool thought to be overwhelmingly in favour of a so-called "people's vote" on the final deal.

More than 100 constituency parties have submitted motions calling for the issue to be put to a vote.

It is not clear where Theresa May goes next, after the drubbing her Chequers proposals received at the European Union summit in Salzburg, but when she says it is a choice between her deal (bravely assuming it is not already a dead parrot) and no deal, Labour would beg to differ.

Mr Watson acknowledged there was "always a danger" that the resolution could be a fudge but "when it comes to a second referendum I'm sure there will be words on offer that will allow the party to come to a fixed view on that".

Asked what they were, the Labour frontbencher told Eddie Mair: "Extend the negotiating period if that were possible, hold a general election or possibly another referendum - anything is possible in that situation".

"But I was elected to empower the members of the party".

But, he said, if Labour's conference "make a decision, I will not walk away from it and I will act accordingly".

Deputy leader Tom Watson told Sky News the party would nearly certainly include a pledge to hold another Brexit vote in its manifesto if members voted in favour of the idea.

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"The Labour leadership has consistently refused to rule out a public say on the final deal, and pressure from the grassroots means that the party now has the chance to take a next step and demand one".

If this new support was evenly distributed across constituencies - which is very unlikely - the extra 2,400 votes per area would win Labour about 66 more seats in all, just enough for a majority if other seats were not lost, based on the 2017 election.

Some 81% believe their standard of living would get worse after Brexit and 89% said it would be bad for jobs.

"Labour have to come to a decision".

Dawn Butler hailed the example of left-wing former councillors who set an illegal budget in 1985 in protest at cuts to central government funding.

While she declined to go as far as shadow cabinet colleague Barry Gardiner, who suggested another referendum could spark "civil disobedience", Ms Long-Bailey said "people would find it quite concerning and it needs to be looked at very carefully".

Deputy leader Tom Watson was even firmer.

Fellow Lords frontbencher Lord Kennedy retweeted Lady Thornton, adding: "Well said".

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