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John McDonnell says Labour won’t back a second referendum for WEEKS

Jeremy Corbyn was slammed last night for snubbing an invitation to hold Brexit talks withe Theresa May.

The PM offered the olive branch to the Labour leader after she survived his bid to topple her in a no confidence vote in the Commons on Wednesday night.

But Mr Corbyn refused to sit down for the talks despite the crisis rocking the country unless Mrs May ruled out a no deal Brexit.

MPs lashed the Labour leader – accusing him of sitting down with terrorists but rebuffing the leader of the United Kingdom at a time of national crisis. 

In 1984, Corbyn invited Linda Quigley and Gerard McLoughlin for tea in Parliament – both were convicted of IRA terrorism.

Tory MP James Heappey retorted: ‘Jeremy Corbyn has sat down with terrorists around the world apparently in pursuit of and always without preconditions. 

‘But will he sit down with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to tackle biggest constitutional challenge of our time without preconditions? Errr, no.’ 

Labour MP Chris Leslie also attacked him, telling MailOnline: ‘Every opportunity to influence Brexit policy ought to be taken – surely we should be taking the chance to see the Prime Minister, even if all we get is time to persuade her of the merits of a People’s Vote?’

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in the Commons with Tom Watson) was slammed for snubbing an invitation to hold Brexit talks withe Theresa May

The Labour leader said he was refusing to enter any talks with the PM until she ruled out a no deal Brexit

The Labour leader said he was refusing to enter any talks with the PM until she ruled out a no deal Brexit

Tory MP James Heappey accused the Labour leader of sitting down with terrorists but snubbing Britain's own PM

Tory MP James Heappey accused the Labour leader of sitting down with terrorists but snubbing Britain’s own PM

John McDonnell (pictured in Westminster) has insisted Labour could still back a second referendum but a decision would only be made in the 'coming weeks'

John McDonnell (pictured in Westminster) has insisted Labour could still back a second referendum but a decision would only be made in the ‘coming weeks’

Around 45 Labour MPs gathered outside Parliament this morning to voice their support for a second referendum on Brexit, holding a banner reading: 'Labour MPs, MEPs, conference and members agree - The people should have the final say.'

Around 45 Labour MPs gathered outside Parliament this morning to voice their support for a second referendum on Brexit, holding a banner reading: ‘Labour MPs, MEPs, conference and members agree – The people should have the final say.’

And in an address to the nation in Downing Street last night, Mrs May said she was ‘disappointed’ Mr Corbyn snubbed her invite.

She said: ‘I am disappointed that the leader of the Labour Party has not so far chosen to take part – but our door remains open.’ 

She said she had held ‘constructive’ talks with the leaders of the Lib Dems, SNP and Plaid Cymru and vowed to hold more meetings in the coming days.

She said: ‘I understand that to people getting on with their lives, away from Westminster, the events of the past 24 hours will have been unsettling.

‘Overwhelmingly, the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit, and also address the other important issues they care about.

‘But the deal which I have worked to agree with the European Union was rejected by MPs, and by a large margin.

‘I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people’s instruction to leave the EU. And I intend to do so.’ 

Meanwhile, Labour faced a renewed Brexit shambles after the party lost its no confidence motion but still insisted it will still resist back a second referendum. 

Mr Corbyn’s motion of no confidence was defeated 325 to 306, a majority of 19, following a day-long debate.  

Earlier, John McDonnell said Labour will keep trying to force a general election  and could swerve backing a second referendum for ‘weeks’.

The People's Vote campaign has bought advertising in Westminster tube station to promote the battle to politicians arriving for work

The People’s Vote campaign has bought advertising in Westminster tube station to promote the battle to politicians arriving for work

The shadow chancellor’s hesitation came despite 71 Labour MPs going public with a demand for the policy shift.

Around 45 Labour MPs gathered outside Parliament this morning to launch their new campaign, holding a banner reading: ‘Labour MPs, MEPs, conference and members agree – The people should have the final say.’ 

After his move failed, Mr Corbyn said: ‘Last night the House rejected the Government’s deal emphatically.

‘A week ago the House voted to condemn the idea of a no-deal Brexit.

‘Before there can be any positive discussions about the way forward, the Government must remove clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would come as a result of that.’

Mr McDonnell said Mr Corbyn would follow the plan set out at the party conference in September.

He said under that plan ‘we will keep the option on the table of another public vote’ but warned Mr Corbyn still believed he could pursue his own Brexit ideas.

Mr McDonnell appeared to hint on Today programme that last night’s vote would be the only motion of no confidence – but insisted later to Talk Radio Labour could have another go.  

He told the Today programme: ‘We have not had an approach from the Prime Minister to Jeremy Corbyn. That is the first step.’

He added: ‘We will seek a general election. If there is an impasse we will keep the option of another public vote.

‘We will respect that over the coming weeks.’  

Theresa May (pictured in the Commons) saw her deal crushed by an historic 230 votes in the Commons on Tuesday night

Theresa May (pictured in the Commons) saw her deal crushed by an historic 230 votes in the Commons on Tuesday night

Labour whips prepared their paperwork ahead of last night's vote of no confidence. Pictured is a Labour whip checking lists of all MPs 

Labour whips prepared their paperwork ahead of last night’s vote of no confidence. Pictured is a Labour whip checking lists of all MPs 

Mr McDonnell accused Mrs May of placing ‘conditions’ on cross party talks before they had even begun by insisting her deal was still the only basis for discussion.

Mrs May’s deal was crushed by an historic 230 votes in the Commons on Tuesday night.

Labour MP David Lammy said that if Mrs May survives the vote of confidence, Mr Corbyn should come out in support of a second referendum.

He suggested that close to 100 Labour MPs were prepared to back such a move.

‘At that point he should then follow the overwhelming feeling of the party and party members, which is to arrive in a place where we put this back to the British people in a people’s vote,’ he told the BBC Radio 4 Today .

‘If he vacillates and sits on the fence, I’m afraid he is going to get splinters in places he doesn’t want.

‘There is is definitely momentum with Members of Parliament who now see that this is stuck in our Parliament and think he should put it back to the British people.’ 

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