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Corbyn calls on new Tory leader to hold second Brexit referendum

BREAKING: Labour confirms it will call for a second referendum – and back Remain Corbyn’s Labour to back REMAIN in a 2nd EU referendum to wipe out Tory Brexit deal
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2019, 16:44

The left-of-centre party has previously rejected May's deal but also ruled out leaving the European Union without an agreement and called for an election that the party hopes will bring a Labour government to power.

The two finalists, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, both used their only televised debate to argue that they were best placed to negotiate Britain's twice-postponed exit, now scheduled for October 31. In this country we deliver on the will of the people.

Labour is now a Remain party'.

But he made clear that if a referendum was called on the Brexit deal negotiated by the incoming Conservative prime minister - or on whether to go ahead with a no-deal Brexit - Labour would support Remain.

However there was dismay among pro-Brexit Labour MPs who warned the decision would play into the hands of the Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson.

In a letter sent to party members after being accused of not clarifying the party's ambiguous stance over leaving the EU, Corbyn said: "Whoever becomes the new prime minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote".

The British conservative party is now split regarding the Brexit issue. More than half of British companies with foreign staff fear they would be hurt by the government's plans for a post-Brexit immigration system, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

Labour had accepted the referendum result in its 2017 general election manifesto.

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They argue that the mandate remains constitutional and that the rest of the law, in any event, can stand without it. A lower court agreed, but that decision is being appealed by 17 states.

Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney hit out at Mr Corbyn after the Labour leader announced his party will back a Remain option in the even of a second referendum.

Corbyn said Labour would campaign for Remaining in the European Union against either no-deal or a Conservative deal that does not protect the British economy and jobs.

The Liberal Democrats pointed to Labour's lack of clarity on what the party would do if it won control of Parliament in an election.

The Guardian adds that the statement does not make reference to the position that Labour would take in the event of a snap general election before Brexit day, or whether under such circumstances if it would still commit to leaving the EU.

"The leadership's change in position is incredibly important in the fight to prevent the next prime minister imposing their will on the country without a mandate", she said.

The announcement was welcomed by Tom Watson, the Labour Party's deputy leader, who claimed "Remain is who we are".

Political commentators said the policy statement by Labour was likely to cause a rift with Labour MPs representing constituencies, mainly in northern England, who backed leaving the European Union by large majorities.

"Labour would campaign for Remain against either no-deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs".