UK's Labor Party to Back Proposal for Public Brexit Vote

BRUSSELS BELGIUM- FEBRUARY 21 The leader of Britains Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier make a press statement after their meeting in Brussels Belgium

BRUSSELS BELGIUM- FEBRUARY 21 The leader of Britains Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier make a press statement after their meeting in Brussels Belgium

Crucially, if this amendment is not passed, then the party will push forward for another referendum of Britain's European Union withdrawal.

Mr Corbyn said: "We will back a public vote in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a disastrous no deal outcome".

Jeremy Corbyn will tomorrow table an amendment to the government's Brexit motion with Labour's five requirements for a "credible alternative plan".

"With Labour now signalling it may support a confirmatory referendum in the weeks ahead, there is no reason to hold back on vital measures to pave the way". He's hoping to engineer a softer Brexit than the no-deal departure that Prime Minister Theresa May is dicing with. "But we would in no way accept an extension without a clear view on the objective pursued".

"Last week, after our visit to talk to European Union officials and leaders in Brussels and Madrid, no one can be in any doubt Labour's alternative Brexit plan is serious and credible".

"Up to now, there has not been a majority for a new referendum (nor for any other outcome!) in the House of Commons, but many MPs say they would support it as a last resort, once it is clear that there is no viable route to an Alternative Deal".

Mr Corbyn's amendment setting out the Labour plan was duly defeated 323 to 240 votes.

But the source said: "We will not be voting for anything which includes support for Theresa May's damaging Tory Brexit deal".

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Responding to Mr Leonard's comments, SNP MSP George Adam said: "Richard Leonard has today confirmed that Scottish Labour is pro-Brexit - something that will utterly dismay many of its own supporters".

"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".

A briefing paper reportedly given to Labour MPs said any referendum would need to have "a credible Leave option and Remain".

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry told the BBC a second referendum will "break the logjam".

John McDonnell, the second most powerful man in the Labour Party, said the party would put down an amendment calling for a second referendum as soon as May brought a deal back to parliament.

But the non-binding amendment will not become law, and in a joint statement MPs have backed efforts to "seek assurances from ministers" on Wednesday to "secure confirmation of the prime minister's commitments", adding that they would not vote on the amendment if the Mrs.

Whether a majority of MPs would vote for such a motion remains to be seen.

Close Corbyn ally Chris Williamson has been filmed at a Sheffield Momentum meeting saying that the Labour party had been "too apologetic" over recent anti semitism incidents in the party. Labour MP Yvette Cooper - who has led efforts to block no deal - claimed victory when David Lidington said the Government would be bound by a vote against no deal on March 13.

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