Corbyn declines to rule out backing second European Union referendum

Joanna Estrada
January 19, 2018

The Labour leader told ITV's Peston On Sunday: 'We are not supporting or calling for a second referendum.

This follows a meeting of opposition parties earlier this month in which leaders agreed to do all they can to prevent a hard Brexit, which they see as Britain quitting the single market and customs union as it departs the EU.

Pressed on ITV's Peston on Sunday programme whether that meant Labour would "never support a second referendum" in the future, Corbyn avoided the question.

'Labour just can't be trusted to deliver on leaving the European Union'.

Asked whether the UK's relationship with the USA was the most important relationship it had with another country, the Labour leader replied: "No".

The Labour leader insisted that "the single market is dependent on membership of the EU" and remaining in the single market would not respect the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna told Sky News shortly after Corbyn's comment: "In terms of the notion you have to be in the European Union to be part of the single market, that is not correct".

She said: 'The result of these NEC elections is no real surprise and we extend our congratulations to those who have been elected.

The Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru, and Green Party have urged Labour MPs to back an amendment blocking Theresa May from dragging Britain out of the single market and customs union. "What we have called for is a meaningful vote in parliament".

Tory deputy chair James Cleverly said: "Today's election of Jon Lansman and his comrades to Labour's ruling body confirms that the hard left has well and truly consolidated its grip over the Labour Party".

"There are aspects of the single market one wants to think about such as the restrictions on state aid to industry, which is something that I would wish to challenge", he said.

15 de enero de 2018, 06:30London, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the British Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, considered as possible a second referendum on the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), or Brexit, in view of an increase in popular support for the new query.

"Eddie intends to stand again, he's proud of his campaign, but obviously it was a tough contest in a factional party which is not what he's about nor likes; the contest became a battle of slates and he isn't like that", one of his allies said. Do we want a trading relationship that is tariff free? Yes.

'This election has been an opportunity to talk about some of the important issues facing our Party and country, and I'm proud to have run a positive, energetic campaign with ideas on how to open up politics and give excluded groups in society more of a voice in our Party and country'.

"Also our relationship with worldwide institutions such as the United Nations is very important".

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