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Brexit: Warning over Labour’s referendum stance

Brexit: Warning over Labour's referendum stance

MEP Richard Corbett, leader of the party in the EU Parliament, told the Observer Labour risked losing out to parties committed to a public vote.If Labour offered “clarity” on a public vote, it would do “very well”, he said.

Labour’s current policy is to keep all options on the table – including pressing for a further EU referendum.

It has said it would support a public vote to avoid a “hard Tory Brexit” but several senior figures have expressed concern that a referendum demand would be dropped if the party agreed a Brexit compromise with Tory ministers.

Mr Corbyn has also come under pressure from the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who accused him of “wasting time” and avoiding a commitment to a second vote.

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