Corbyn says he would support second Brexit referendum

A poll for The Observer found 86% of Labour members think voters should have the final say on the outcome of Brexit negotiations

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he would back a second Brexit referendum if his Labour Party votes to pursue the move, heaping pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May whose plans for a divorce deal with the European Union have hit an impasse.

Opponents say this is part of an effort to purge "Blairites" and other critics of leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party, while supporters of the change say it will help a new generation of Labour MPs emerge.

"I hope we will agree that the best way of resolving this is a general election", he said.

"So if the people's party decide they want the people to have a final say on the deal, we have to respect the view of our members and we will go out and argue for it".

Labour's conference starts today as a YouGov poll revealed 86% of members want a second referendum on the United Kingdom leaving the EU.

Corbyn wanted his conference to be an opportunity to sell his alternative vision for Britain's economy, pressing his argument for the renationalization of rail, mail and utilities, and to rally the party for a possible early election.

Which brings us to the second point: the row tells us that there are now far more delegates on the left of the party than in previous years, even after Jeremy Corbyn became leader.

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Labour: New Brexit referendum only on 'nature' of a deal
The motion comes after weeks of pressure from its overwhelmingly pro-EU membership and comes with some major caveats. Tottenham MP David Lammy and peer Lord Adonis were among the speakers while MP Luciana Berger led the march.

As activists assembled in Liverpool for their annual gathering, Jeremy Corbyn said he would still prefer to force a general election by defeating Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan in the Commons. The referendum "absolutely must include the right to remain in the EU", he said.

A People's Vote campaign spokesman said the conference motion was "clear movement" towards adopting a referendum.

Brexit minister Dominic Raab again ruled out a new vote, describing the suggestion as "for the birds". "He confirmed Labour would take us back to square one on Brexit", Brandon Lewis, the party's chairman, said on Sunday.

Several members from Labour branches voiced their opposition to the plan as they suggested it did not go far enough, with many supporting mandatory open selection contests for all MPs before every election.

"We would vote it down if it didn't meet our tests in order to send the government, if it is still in office, straight back to the negotiating table", he said.

The key paragraph in the document states: "If we can not get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

According to sources, reported in The Sunday Times, she was warned by members of her party that she should change her stance on the negotiations in time for their pary conference at the weekend or risk a leadership challenge.

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