But shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said that a referendum might be the most ‘pragmatic’ move because of the chaos engulfing politics
The Labour leader continues to insist that a second plebiscite can only take place after the nation goes to the polls to elect a new government, which he believes he can win.
But shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said that a referendum might be the most ‘pragmatic’ move because of the chaos engulfing politics.
She told the BBC‘s Westminster Hour: ‘If we were in control of everything and we could have it mapped out the way we want then yes we would like a general election then yes we would like to have a referendum in the way we’ve described at conference.
‘But we’re not in control of all of this and if there is an opportunity to have another referendum it may be that the most pragmatic thing to do is to take that opportunity.
‘We haven’t seen the deal, we don’t know what we’re going to be presented with on Saturday, but I would be very surprised if there wasn’t an amendment for a confirmatory ballot.’
It came as a cross-party group of MPs was revealed to be plotting to try to get Theresa May’s failed Brexit deal through the Commons at the fourth time of asking.
The Labour leader (pictured today with Boris Johnson) continues to insist that a second plebiscite can only take place after the nation goes to the polls to elect a new government, which he believes he can win
They would act if Boris Johnson fails to agree a Brexit deal with Brussels and the Benn Act, which forces the Pm to seek a further delay to leaving, is enacted.
Another group of pro-EU MPs are plotting to trigger a crunch Commons vote next weekend on holding a fresh Brexit ballot, whether or not Boris Johnson has secured a deal.
They want a referendum to take place before an election, and are increasingly confident the numbers in Parliament are moving their way.
Mr Corbyn again made clear yesterday that he does not favour the idea, appealing for Labour MPs to show ‘caution’.
Labour’s official position is that it wants to win an election, negotiate a new ‘sensible’ Brexit package, and then hold a referendum in which Remain would be an option.
Mr Corbyn has suggested he would try to stay neutral on whether the UK should leave the bloc, even if he has thrashed out a new Brexit deal.
The veteran left-winger was asked in an appearance on Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday programme whether any deal secured by Mr Johnson should be put to a referendum.
‘I think many in parliament, not necessarily Labour MPs but others, might be inclined to support it, because they don’t really agree with the deal – but I would caution them on this,’ he said.
However, Mr Corbyn is increasingly looking to have lost control of party policy on the crucial issue.
His long-time ally John McDonnell said last week that he might back a referendum being held before an election.
And yesterday shadow business secretary Ms Long-Bailey suggested a ballot would be needed in all circumstances.
‘I know that many colleagues are of a similar opinion to me,’ she told the BBC.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also warned that it would be practically ‘impossible’ for Remainers to keep a temporary PM in power long enough to push through the necessary legislation.
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