Labour in 'shambles' over second Brexit referendum

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 18, 2017

■ A BOOKMAKER accused of racism after it posted a picture of a darts fan made up as Diane Abbott has apologised.

The shadow home secretary said business group the CBI, health and social care say "they need these European migrants - and we have to listen to them".

She said Labour did not back a second referendum. Deputy leader Tom Watson said nothing should be ruled out.

Offering voters the chance to ratify the Brexit deal in a referendum was one of the clearest dividing lines in last year's Labour leadership contest in which Jeremy Corbyn defeated the challenger Owen Smith.

Ms Abbott was asked on the Andrew Marr show about her front bench colleague Sir Keir Starmer's interview last week, in which he agreed that Labour backed "easy movement" of workers after it had left the EU's single market.

She said "most people agree" that some of the bureaucracy around migration had to be reduced. "We want parliament to have a say on it". What we actually want is a negotiated settlement.

Diane Abbott has warned of the damage to Britain's schools, businesses, and health service if migration from eastern Europe "collapses" after Brexit - and ruled out a second referendum on leaving the EU.

"Social care would be in a bad position, the health service, finance, education, so we will be listening as the government should be listening to what business and the public sector says about its needs for labour".

"We will honour the referendum result, but we last week got a final vote for Parliament on the deal".

"The Labour Party does not support a second referred and we've never supported it and we don't support it now", she said.

Theresa May was defeated in the House of Commons on Wednesday when 11 of her MPs supported an amendment to the European Union withdrawal bill aimed at ensuring that the "meaningful" vote on the Brexit deal repeatedly promised by the government must happen before Britain leaves.

Immigration minister Brandon Lewis said: 'Today confirmed Labour's approach to Brexit is a shambles.

When pushed on whether Labour would rule out a second referendum he said: "When you're in complex negotiations on behalf of the nation you shouldn't rule anything out".

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