Brexit: Richard Leonard would rather have ‘Labour deal than second referendum’

Brexit: Richard Leonard would rather have ‘Labour deal than second referendum’

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She said: "First, we will hold a second meaningful vote by Tuesday March 12 at the latest".

Owen Smith, who was sacked from the shadow cabinet for calling for a second referendum, told the Press Association: "Now that Labour's version of Brexit has been rejected by Parliament, I expect Jeremy Corbyn to throw his full weight behind campaigning for a public vote".

The series of House of Commons votes leaves every Brexit option on the table.

Labour's Brexit vision was defeated by 240 votes to 323 in the Commons and Mr Corbyn confirmed Labour would now back a referendum if faced with a "damaging Tory Brexit" or a no-deal departure from the European Union.

On Monday Corbyn told a private meeting of his party's MPs that the Labour leadership would support a second referendum on May's Brexit deal if Labour could not get a majority behind its own Brexit plan in the coming days.

Theresa May has suffered another big rebellion from backbench Tory Brexiteers over plans created to allow MPs to block a no-deal Brexit on March 29.

Labour MP Alison McGovern, a leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said: "Labour policy was adopted unanimously at the party conference to campaign to give the people the choice of staying in the European Union on the same terms as now or opting for a negotiated form of Brexit".

Five amendments were tabled this evening, including the Cooper amendment on Article 50 and Brexit date and Labour's amendment on an alternative Brexit plan.

A motion from The Indepedent Group which would have voted on a second referendum immediately after Labour lost their vote on an alternative Brexit plan was rejected earlier in the day by the speaker after only a small number of MPs sponsored it.

Tory MP Oliver Letwin and Labour's Yvette Cooper, who have tabled an amendment on Wednesday in order to prevent a no-deal, confirmed that even though May had conceded to "most" of the intentions of their amendment, they still meant to put it to a vote in order to avoid a June cliff edge. I would be concerned if people who voted Leave felt abandoned by the Labour Party. All other Liberal Democrat MPs abstained.

Remain MPs want the Government to accept an amendment to Mrs May motion - that reaffirms her plan to renegotiate the backstop - spelling out the promise.

The leader of the Tory hard Brexit-supporting European Research Group [ERG] has now hinted he could back the PM's divorce from Brussels if it is tweaked rather than re-written.

Theresa May is trying to negotiate changes to the backstop aspect of her deal, that would keep the United Kingdom inside the customs union and Northern Ireland aligned to EU rules, if no arrangement that could found to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland by the end of the transition period in December 2020.

And a proposal from Conservative backbencher Alberto Costa for a UK/EU treaty to protect expat citizens' rights in the event of a no-deal was passed without a vote.

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