Labour’s Gardiner hints at referendum on Corbyn Brexit deal

Labour’s Gardiner hints at referendum on Corbyn Brexit deal

Ex-Labour cabinet minister Yvette Cooper is at the head of a group of select committee leaders who have tabled an amendment which will see the Treasury's no-deal powers stripped if a hard Brexit goes ahead without the consent of MPs.

She said these involved new measures specific to Northern Ireland, a greater role for Parliament in shaping the Brexit process and further assurances from Brussels, with the last yet to be finalised.

The MP, who is a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, also said Labour would back another European Union referendum if Theresa May was replaced as Prime Minister by someone who backed a no-deal Brexit.

Describing what would happen if she was defeated, May told the BBC: "We're going to be in uncharted territory".

The Prime Minister was forced to postpone a vote on her plans in December after it became clear the deal would be rejected by MPs.

A senior Government source added that Ms Cooper's amendments would be "the first of many" attempts to stop a no deal Brexit should MPs vote down Mrs May's unpopular EU Withdrawal Agreement in the week beginning January 15th.

May also did not directly respond, when asked, if she was leading the country toward a no-deal Brexit.

May has strongly opposed holding a second referendum.

Theresa May said the United Kingdom faced a moment of "profound challenge" as she urged MPs to get behind her Brexit deal.

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"I would say don't let the search for the ideal become the enemy of the good because the danger there is that we end up with no Brexit at all".

According to The Guardian, in the interview, May repeatedly sidestepped issues about whether she would keep putting the deal back to MPs if it got rebuffed.

Conservative MP Dame Caroline Spelman, who helped organise the letter alongside Labour MP Jack Dromey, said a no-deal Brexit would hit the economy and cause job losses.

The poll of more than 25,000 voters was commissioned by the "People's Vote" campaign, which is spearheading an increasingly vocal push for a second referendum.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March.

"Given that parliament voted overwhelmingly, in the end, to have the referendum, parliament voted overwhelmingly, in the end, to accept the result of the referendum, and parliament has now legislated to implement the referendum, I find it rather lame that people are now saying "Oh, we didn't mean that". The Irish prime minister said earlier that his country had stepped up preparations for a no-deal scenario.

Ms Thornberry said she believed that another general election was the most likely way of breaking the deadlock on Brexit, adding it could happen "within months".

"Peeling off five of 10 Conservative Party MPs is neither here nor there, but if you get the DUP in line, May will give lots of parliamentarians an excuse to say, 'Well, OK, if they're happy with it I can't really justify going around moaning about the Irish backstop'".

"And it seems to me, at a personal level, what I would then say is that is the time when we would then say to people "now make your decision on what we have managed to conclude".

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