Labour’s Gardiner hints at referendum on Corbyn Brexit deal

Marsha Scott
January 6, 2019

The backstop has cost her the support of dozens of her own MPs and the small Northern Irish party that props up her minority government, with critics fearing it could leave Britain indefinitely trapped in the EU's customs union.

Theresa May has refused to rule out asking MPs to vote again on her Brexit deal should they reject it the first time round.

Labour's official policy is to push for a general election if the prime minister fails to get her Brexit deal through parliament, but that all other options remain on the table.

May said the vote in parliament would be around January 15, as expected, contrary to reports she could delay it.

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

A People's Vote spokesman said Thornberry was "badly mistaken" in her views about the campaign, adding: "What we are doing is highlighting the biggest poll on Brexit yet, which shows that Labour will suffer its worst electoral defeat since the 1930s if it continues promising to enable some sort of Brexit to go ahead".

Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour MP for Gower, said: "I feel particularly strongly that this stasis, this logjam that we are in is making the public extremely frustrated".

May renewed her warnings about the possible consequences of parliament not backing her plan, telling the Mail on Sunday newspaper that jobs were at stake and lawmakers would be putting democracy at risk if they did not deliver on the outcome of the 2016 referendum that backed leaving the EU.

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Asked if he could guarantee that no one would die as a result of a no-deal Brexit, Mr Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "I'm confident that we will have the unhindered supply of medicines so long as the plans that we have in place are properly enacted".

'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'.

She refused to explain what would happen if MPs reject the deal, during the vote on the week beginning the 14th January. "I would say don't let the search for the flawless become the enemy of the good because the danger there is that we end up with no Brexit at all".

Calling for a "people's vote" - a further referendum - Ms Antoniazzi urged an application of what she called "sensible logic" to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Sammy Wilson's comments come after the party's deputy leader Nigel Dodds insisted his party's opposition to Irish border backstop proposals had not lessened after a meeting with Mrs May yesterday.

There are still no signs that a majority of MPs from both sides of the Brexit camp would support a Brexit Deal that many see a flawed "worst of all worlds", leaving the United Kingdom bound by European Union rules it would no longer have any say over indefinitely unless the Backstop conundrum is somehow solved over the next few years.

Shadow global trade secretary Barry Gardiner suggested Labour could offer a referendum on a renegotiated Brexit deal.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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