Jeremy Corbyn Refuses To Rule Out Supporting Second EU Referendum

Jeremy Corbyn Refuses To Rule Out Supporting Second EU Referendum

Mr Sturgeon lashed out at the Labour leader on Twitter, arguing he was misleading people by arguing Brexit meant leaving the single market.

Asked if he was saying Labour would never support a second referendum, the Labour leader would only say his party was not calling for one.

Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, suggested on BBC's Andrew Marr Show that Labour could end up supporting a second vote if it became clear a substantial proportion of the public backed remaining in the EU.

"If 90% of the population was now saying we must stay in the European Union and we must not leave then that would be a challenge that would be there for all of us who are democrats", she said.

There is a ground swell for a second vote with even former UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggesting a new poll might be needed before Brexit is delivered. "We urge the leadership of a fifth opposition party, Labour, to join us so we can change course from the risky Brexit being pursued by the Conservatives".

"In either case, if 90% of the population was now saying we should stay in the European Union and we must not leave, then that would be a challenge that would be there for all of us who are democrats".

"Only the Conservatives are working to ensure that when the United Kingdom leaves the EU we take back control of our laws, money and borders - Labour just can't be trusted to deliver on leaving the European Union".

"But, at the moment, and as things now stand, we proceed in good faith, we do as we are instructed and we are leaving the European Union".

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The comments came after Labour MP Wes Streeting said the party was now the "single biggest barrier" to Britain remaining in the single market.

So I don't quite understand why she [Nicola Sturgeon] would keep saying join the Single Market, when leaving the European Union means you leave the Single Market.

"This amendment is a significant step in the fight against Brexit, demonstrating the increased willingness of parties to work together formally rather than just behind the scenes", Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said.

But he expressed reservations about the European Union single market, which allows for goods to be traded freely between European Union members.

Corbyn is coming under increasing pressure from numerous Labour MPs to commit to keeping Britain both within the single market and customs union.

"We urge the Labour leadership to join us in backing this crucial amendment - and show that they too are willing to put the national interest first". "I think most of his supporters will be deeply disappointed that he appears to be only slightly less in favour of a harder, and perhaps the hardest possible Brexit than the Tories are, and many will find that completely inexplicable".

"There are also aspects of the single market one wants to think about such as the restrictions on state aid to industry, which is something that I would wish to challenge", Mr Corbyn said.

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