The Labour party now backs a second Brexit referendum in all circumstances, Jeremy Corbyn has said, confirming a policy he first announced in the wake of disastrous European elections in May when the party won just 14 per cent of the vote. The Labour leader on Tuesday went further and added that his party would campaign to remain in the EU if there was a referendum on a Tory Brexit — whether or not it involved a deal with Brussels. But Mr Corbyn failed to explain whether Labour would support Leave or Remain in a snap general election.So has Labour’s Brexit policy changed? Partly. It is easy to be cynical about Mr Corbyn’s gradual transition into an anti-Brexit stance, given the process has often involved two steps forward and one step back. One Corbyn ally describes the process as “baby steps”. But Labour’s policy has shifted over the past three years. In 2016, the Labour leader said he would not stand in the way of Brexit and ruled out a second … [Read more...] about Corbyn’s second referendum move a ‘shaft of summer sunlight’
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Robert Peston 25 April 2019 7:49 PM 25 April 2019 7:49 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The International Commission of Labour’s National Policy Forum – which consists of MPs, trade unionists, MEPs, and constituency representatives – has voted unanimously that Labour’s manifesto for European elections should pledge to hold a confirmatory referendum on any Brexit deal. My sources say there were no dissenting voices. On Wednesday, all Labour MEPs voted in precisely the same unanimous way, for a referendum. Friday’s Labour’s Trade Union Liaison Organisation is likely to inform the party’s ruling NEC that its big union supporters – including Unison, the GMB and USDAW, but obviously not Unite – also want a referendum. So it is increasingly hard to see how Labour’s ruling NEC can at its emergency meeting next Tuesday ignore such widespread membership pressure and do anything but adopt a … [Read more...] about How long can Corbyn resist Labour’s drift towards a second referendum?
Second referendum campaigners have hailed today's pledge to delay Brexit - claiming it paves the way for another EU vote. The six month extension to Halloween has boosted hopes for a second referendum - or that leaving the EU might be cancelled altogether. And today EU chiefs fuelled the hopes, saying they "dreamed" of a day Britain would end the "Halloween nightmare" and stay in the EU altogether. Odds for the UK revoking Article 50 which would effectively cancel Brexit are now at 2/1. While less likely was holding another UK EU Referendum before end 2019 - 7/4 according to Ladbrokes. It comes after Theresa May was forced to go cap in hand to the EU to beg for more time after failing to get her deal through the Commons a third time. Last night 27 EU leaders, the European Council, decided to offer the UK an extension to the process until October 31. It was longer than the June 30 delay Mrs May had hoped for but it does give the UK the option to leave in June when there is a review. … [Read more...] about Second Brexit referendum odds surge as EU urge UK to axe ‘Halloween nightmare’
A third of Labour MPs last night told Jeremy Corbyn to extract the promise of a second EU referendum from Theresa May . A bombshell letter with 80 signatures threatened to sabotage the chance of the two leaders’ Brexit talks succeeding. The MPs, including Shadow Treasury ministers Clive Lewis and Anneliese Dodds, told Mr Corbyn a referendum was their “bottom line”. The two leaders have given themselves 48 hours to strike a deal to break the deadlock. They need a joint declaration to put before the EU’s 27 leaders in advance of the Brussels summit on Wednesday. Talks stalled on Friday but the two negotiating teams hope to get them restarted today. Mr Corbyn, who was helping local election activists campaign in Plymouth yesterday, wants a permanent customs union and single market access tagged onto any deal. He said: “We’ve set all that out. I haven’t noticed any great change in the Government’s position so far. I’m waiting to see … [Read more...] about Third of Labour MPs pile pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to secure second referendum
Constipated Brits who rely on the laxative senna for speedy bowel movements are being advised to stock-up over shortage fears following a no-deal Brexit. Continued uncertainty about our exit from Europe has had Parliament in turmoil this week, with bookies slashing the odds on a second referendum. And now medical experts have also hinted that Brexit could also impact on our ability to go to the toilet! Shamir Patel, pharmacist and CEO of online firm chemist-4-u.com, is concerned a imports of senna - a vital raw ingredient used to make common laxatives - could be seriously hampered if the UK crashes out of the EU with a no-deal. Mr Patel says the senna pod is typically imported into Britain before being turned into laxatives - in either liquid or tablet form - by suppliers here in the UK. He said: “In terms of the raw ingredients of medicines, the one facing the strongest likelihood of shortages post-Brexit is Senna. "The major component of this drug is the senna pod, the seed … [Read more...] about Brexit could leave Britain in a ‘constipation crisis’, leading pharmacist warns