Labour will NOT vote for a second referendum tonight

Labour will NOT vote for a second referendum tonight as even the People’s Vote campaign refuse to back it because it will not be successful

  • MPs will finally have a first vote on a second referendum over Brexit tonight 
  • But Labour will abstain rather than support it despite the party’s policy on a poll 
  • Shadow Brexit Secretary agreed with the People’s Vote campaign not to back it 
  • Amid fear of defeat the official campaign say it is too soon for a Commons vote  

Labour will not back calls for a second referendum tonight as even the People’s Vote campaign backed away from the first Commons division on the plan.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer insisted today – when MPs are wrestling with a delay to Britain leaving the EU – was not the time for a vote on a new public ballot.

He insisted Labour’s support for a public ballot was undimmed despite mounting criticism of the Opposition’s continued reluctance to deliver on the promise.

Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston tabled a second referendum amendment to tonight’s Government motion on delaying Brexit. 

Sir Keir Starmer revealed today that Labour will not back calls for a second referendum tonight as even the People’s Vote campaign backed away from the first Commons division on the plan

The People’s Vote admitted today Ms Wollaston’s amendment would not be backed by all of its supporters and said today was not the moment to push for a referendum.

Sir Keir told MPs:  ‘Those pressing this amendment seem to be out of step with the vast majority of co-campaigners, campaigning for exactly the same push.

‘They may genuinely have a difference of opinion but we will not be supporting H tonight.’


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Former Conservative minister Anna Soubry, a leading backer of a second referendum, shouted ‘shame on you’ at Sir Keir.

A People’s Vote spokesman said: ‘The People’s Vote campaign does not instruct its supporters in Parliament on how to vote.

‘We recognise there is a range of opinions on when to press the case for the public being given the final say, which means some of these MPs will vote for the Wollaston amendment, some may vote against, and some will abstain.

People’s Vote campaigners have been a constant presence outside Parliament amid growing demands for a re-run of the 2016 referendum 

“But we do not think today is the right time to test the will of the House on the case for a new public vote.  

‘Instead, this is the time for Parliament to declare it wants an extension of Article 50 so that, after two-and-a-half years of vexed negotiations, our political leaders can finally decide on what Brexit means.’ 

The spokesman insisted a new referendum was not ‘just another option’ on Brexit but instead a way to end the ‘crisis’.

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