'Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has revealed they are pushing for PM Theresa May’s government to back their deal and allow MPs the option to vote for a second EU referendum, with their amendment to the Brexit deal.
Some backers of a second referendum have interpreted this move by Labour as evidence of the party fully committing to holding a ‘people’s vote’ – it’s not as simplistic as that.
Corbyn’s amendment, tabled on Monday night, makes clear that they are seeking to give MPs the option of voting on holding a second EU referendum, if a Brexit deal can secure the support of the majority of Parliament.
That deal is predicated on:
1. securing a permanent customs union with the EU;
2. a “strong relationship” with the single market;
3. “dynamic alignment" on workers’ rights.
The party wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
Labour tables it's amendment... CU+++ or PV pic.twitter.com/VofZcrEAWE
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) January 21, 2019
During May’s statement in parliament on Monday, where she was expected to lay out her Brexit ‘plan B,’ but instead reaffirmed her eagerness to continue working on her ‘plan A’ by pushing for EU concessions on the Irish backstop, the PM refused to rule out no-deal.
On the face of it, Labour’s amendment would appear attractive to Tory Remainers who have publicly backed a second referendum. However, ITV’s political correspondent, Paul Brand, has tweeted that a number of pro-EU Tories have ruled out backing it, and instead will support other backbench amendments, which they see as better options to avoid a no-deal Brexit.'
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