Jeremy Corbyn ‘will TODAY back move for Labour to change Brexit policy and support a second referendum’
- Labour, along with the Tories, suffered disastrous results at European elections
- A second referendum poses problems as some Labour voters backed Brexit
- But Labour’s stance is set to change to a decidedly pro-Remain stance
Jeremy Corbyn is set to back a move for Labour to change Brexit policy and support a second referendum.
Labour, which along with the Conservatives saw its support slump at the European elections as voters expressed their frustration over Brexit deadlock, is divided over whether to unequivocally support holding a second referendum.
The prospect poses a dilemma, as some of the Labour party’s supporters backed Brexit.
However the shadow cabinet is set to meet and make Labour’s stance decidedly pro-Remain, putting it firmly at odds with the Tories, who have ruled out a second referendum.
Corbyn has so far only previously said the option of another Brexit vote should be kept on the table, along with a national election. But he is set to support a change in policy
A senior Labour source told The Times that Mr Corbyn was supporting the policy change.
The new policy paper has been written by Andrew Fisher, Mr Corbyn’s head of policy, and suggests a second referendum on any deal negotiated with Brussels.
As it stands Labour currently is asking the government for a custom’s union or a general election.
One shadow cabinet member said the atrocious performance in the European elections meant a change of policy was inevitable.
They said: ‘It is a question of getting on the front foot now or having it forced upon us at conference.
‘I’ve previously been sceptical but I don’t think there is a choice any more.”
Corbyn has so far only previously said the option of another Brexit vote should be kept on the table, along with a national election.
Another Labour source said Mr Corbyn will face a struggle to convince Remainers he has changed his view and now support’s a People’s Vote.