McDonnell says amendment for second Brexit referendum could happen early

Marco Green
February 28, 2019

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has confirmed Labour will put down an amendment to call for a second referendum after the next meaningful vote.

His comments come after Theresa May's u-turn earlier this week which saw her announced that she would allow MPs to vote on an extension to Article 50 if she has not secured Parliament's approval for her deal by March 12.

"That's the time when we will have to put the amendment up".

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is now understood to want a public vote [AP]"We will also continue to push for the other available options to prevent those outcomes, including a close economic relationship based on our credible alternative plan or a general election".

His vision of a "soft Brexit", including permanent membership of the European customs union, was defeated by 323 to 240 votes.

But he insisted that Labour would also continue to support "other available options" to prevent either the prime minister's deal or the United Kingdom crashing out without an agreement.

He dismissed Peston's claims that there were slim chances of passing the amendment, arguing that MPs were anxious about jobs and would consider voting alongside Labour.

"I'm happy to confirm. that we will write to the European Union institutions and that this will be done in the coming days", Barclay told parliament, after a lawmaker in his party gathered widespread support for a proposal calling on the government to do more on citizens' rights.

The shadow chancellor insisted: "People [MPs] are worried about their constituencies, they're worried about jobs, they're worried about the economy".

He also told ITV News' Political Editor that the more focus there is on jobs and the economy in terms of Brexit, the more likely it is that "a deal will go through that will protect jobs and the economy, or to get some deal through, it will be conditional on going back to the people".

If a second referendum took place, he confirmed he would back remain for a second time.

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