Starmer talks up Labour demand for a second referendum

Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, has used an interview with The Guardian to talk up the demand from Labour MPs for a second referendum.

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As Labour and the Conservative government still wrangle over whether there is a deal to be done between them both that can get through Parliament, Starmer has now said: “A significant number of Labour MPs, probably 120 if not 150, would not back a deal if it hasn’t got a confirmatory vote.

“If the point of the exercise is to get a sustainable majority, over several weeks or months of delivering on the implementation, you can’t leave a confirmatory vote out of the package.”

And he added: “For many of my colleagues, they have made it clear that they will not vote for a deal without a confirmatory vote attached to it. So if you want that stable majority, that has to be taken into account. And without it, it is impossible to see how the numbers would stack up.”

This was welcomed by anti-Brexit Labour MP Owen Smith: “Well said Keir Starmer! A confirmatory vote on any Brexit Deal has to be guaranteed…or Labour is going to lose even more Remain votes.

Starmer also went on the attack following Nigel Farage’s interview on the Marr Show whilst saying that “all options should be on the table” when it comes to a potential debate.

After selecting the likes of Lord Adonis as candidates for the European Elections, it seems that Labour are increasingly transfixed on the idea of a second referendum when it comes to Brexit. What will the millions of Labour Leave voters make of that?