UK's Labour Party moves closer to opposing Brexit

UK's Labour Party moves closer to opposing Brexit

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday said Britain's next prime minister must put their Brexit plan to a second referendum on European Union membership, saying his party would campaign to remain.

The second scenario set out by trade unions - which commits Labour in a general election to backing a public vote on its own negotiated deal but not necessarily to supporting Remain - is not mentioned.

Saying that Mr Corbyn had broken the 2017 Labour manifesto commitment to "respect the referendum result", Mr Farage remarked: "While they celebrate at their north London supper parties tonight, the party that claims to represent Leave-voting working-class areas like the North of England and South Wales will be met with more anger than they can possibly understand".

However, should he emerge as PM following a snap election before the United Kingdom leaves the EU, Labour policy is that it would try to negotiate a better Brexit with the EU to honour the original referendum outcome - despite the fact that most members accept that any Brexit will leave the country worse of economically, diminished internationally and will lead to significant job losses in the UK.

Pushed on whether he would support the union's position of negotiating a new deal were he to get into No 10 - and putting it to a public vote - Mr Corbyn said it was too early to say, and more listening needed to take place.

"If Labour goes into that election saying we're going to try and deliver Brexit then I think we'd find it very, very hard indeed to win that general election", he told BBC Radio 4's The World at One.

In his firmest stance yet, the Labour leader said his party will officially campaign to remain if a second vote is called.

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The Labour leader has been under intense pressure to shift to an overtly anti-Brexit stance, but has insisted on consulting the party's stakeholders in recent weeks, including the trade unions.

Labour lawmaker Hilary Benn, who heads Parliament's Brexit Committee, said "this is a very significant moment".

Hunt, a long-serving but lusterless senior minister who is now foreign secretary, said he offered experience, realism and a broader appeal than the divisive Johnson. "I haven't been clear and I'm not clear now".

Any party that proclaims to have the interest of workers at their heart could not have backed a Conservative-led Brexit in good conscience.

But it comes late in the campaign: Ballot papers have already gone out to the party's estimated 180,000 members, and many people will already have voted.

Marcus Stead: We've seen today that the diplomat involved has resigned, but I do think that in the grand scheme of things this will turn into something of a storm in a teacup.

Lord Triesman, a former general secretary and foreign office minister, said the party and its leadership were "institutionally anti-Semitic".

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