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Labour to press for a second referendum on Brexit

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Jeremy Corbyn: five demands (pic: Terry Murden)


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will seek to block a No Deal Brexit and will support a call for a second referendum.

Mr Corbyn will tomorrow seek to enshrine Labour’s five Brexit demands in law by tabling an amendment to the government’s Brexit motion.

The amendment would force the government to make its credible alternative plan the Government’s negotiating objectives.

Labour’s five demands for the Brexit deal are:

  • A permanent and comprehensive customs union with the EU;
  • close alignment with the Single Market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations;
  • dynamic alignment on rights and protections;
  • commitments on participation in EU agencies and funding programmes, including in areas such as the environment, education, and industrial regulation; and
  • unambiguous agreements on the detail of future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital shared databases.

Mr Corbyn will tell a meeting of Labour’s Parliamentary Labour Party this evening that the party will back the Cooper-Letwin amendment to take ‘No Deal’ off the table and announce that Labour will also put forward or support an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit.

He will say: “The Prime Minister is recklessly running down the clock, in an attempt to force MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous No Deal. We cannot and will not accept.

“Last week, after our visit to talk to EU officials and leaders in Brussels and Madrid, no one can be in any doubt Labour’s alternative Brexit plan is serious and credible. We are convinced our alternative, which puts jobs and living standards first, could command support in the House of Commons, bring people who voted Leave and Remain together, and be negotiated with the EU.

“That’s why, in line with our conference policy, we are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country.”

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