UK's Labour party ponders supporting new Brexit referendum

Labour members are considering campaigning for a second Brexit referendum, as the party's national conference continues.

Thousands marched in Liverpool over the weekend calling for a second vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal, which has shown steadily growing public support in recent months as the government's negotiating strategy has floundered.

It was a tumultuous summer for the Labour Party as it was gripped by allegations of anti-Semitism.

"We weren't ruling out options and nobody was ruling out Remain".

"It would be disastrous for Labour to say "No, we know best - you may have little or nothing to lose but stick with the status quo". Ninety per cent of Labour members want to stay in the EU.

Corbyn has always been more interested in ending austerity in Britain and launching an economic programme to reverse cuts he says have hurt the poor for the benefit of the "super rich".

Those goals are some of the ones that define Corbyn's programme, forcing Brexit down his list of priorities.

Mr Gardiner said Commons officials had warned him there was little MPs could do to force the PM's hand in the event of the Chequers deal being rejected.

The decision comes amid the party's annual conference now taking place in Liverpool, with Brexit dominating the agenda.

The Labour Party's shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell speaks to party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party's conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 24, 2018.

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Labour will vote against any Brexit deal Theresa May brings back from Brussels, Sir Keir Starmer warned last night.

Anti-Brexit activists on Sunday night suffered a setback in their hopes of Labour throwing its weight fully behind having a new referendum.

Serwotka said if a general election could not be forced on May then "any vote that is then campaigned for by our movement should not be a vote to revisit the question of in or out". "My understanding of what the discussion, certainly within my party has been all about, is: respect the referendum but the deal that comes back, if it's not acceptable to Parliament, we should have a general election or keep the option of a People's Vote on the deal on the table", he told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Mr McDonnell added: 'I don't want to revive Ukip in any way or even the far-Right.' He indicated repeatedly that even if a second referendum were to be held, staying in the European Union should not be on the ballot paper.

A debate on a second "People's vote" was called for by over 100 constituencies.

"There were 300 people in the room and that was absolutely clear", he said. "Now, we have to prove to the British public that we can deal with hard decisions like they can trust us to take the right decisions when we get into government". He said "I think it would only become a possibility if Theresa May fails to reach an agreement with the EU".

"The motion before the Labour conference doesn't rule out a second referendum", Brendan Chilton, general secretary of the Labour Leave campaign, told Reuters.

"There are 5 million Labour Leavers in the country who will look upon this motion with dismay".

And it is a party which seems to have a renewed confidence after winning a greater vote share than expected in an election a year ago.

"They are the ones who paid the price of the banking crisis of 2008".

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