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Brexit Pressure On Jeremy Corbyn As 10,000 Labour Members And Supporters Demand Second Referendum

 

Pressure is mounting on Jeremy Corbyn to back a second Brexit referendum after 10,000 Labour members and supporters demanded his party switch position.

The appeals to the Labour leader were made via a survey carried out by the People’s Vote campaign and underline a groundswell of pro-second vote support among the party’s grassroots.

It comes as Corbyn prepares to make a high-profile speech in Yorkshire and ahead of MPs voting on Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week.

Labour Party policy is for MPs to vote down the prime minister’s deal and attempt to force a general election. After that “all options”, including campaigning for a re-run of the referendum, will be considered by Corbyn’s frontbench.

But the research – which saw 5,521 party members, 2,373 Labour supporters and more than 2,000 submissions from Labour for a People’s Vote supporters get in touch – shows Labour backers want Corbyn to take an immediate pro-second referendum stance.

One member, called Anne Hignett, had particularly strong words for Corbyn, accusing him of deciding policy behind-closed-doors rather than with members.

The leadership has entirely failed to provide positive, constructive, restorative leadership at a time when society is so bitterly dividedAnne Hignett, Labour member

She said: “I despair of the Labour leadership’s stance re Brexit: purporting to support the unemployed and low paid yet supporting Brexit, which will further devastate their lives; purporting to value democracy yet utterly ignoring the views of most party members and Labour voters, specifically by not supporting a people’s vote and remaining in the EU.  Read more

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Brexit Pressure On Jeremy Corbyn As 10,000 Labour Members And Supporters Demand Second Referendum

Pressure is mounting on Jeremy Corbyn to back a second Brexit referendum after 10,000 Labour members and supporters demanded his party switch position.

Brexit Pressure On Jeremy Corbyn As 10,000 Labour Members And Supporters Demand Second Referendum

Pressure is mounting on Jeremy Corbyn to back a second Brexit referendum after 10,000 Labour members and supporters demanded his party switch position.