'Keir Starmer has said up to 150 Labour MPs would vote against any cross-party Brexit deal which excluded a second referendum.
The Holborn and St Pancras MP has been involved in Labour’s Brexit talks with the government but said a deal which failed to include a confirmatory public vote was unlikely to pass in the Commons.
“A significant number of Labour MPs, probably 120 if not 150, would not back a deal if it hasn’t got a confirmatory vote,” he told The Guardian.
“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.”
Theresa May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second vote on an agreement but is under increasing pressure after parliament rejected her deal three times.
Mr Starmer said he would not support a deal if he thought it would not pass in the House of Commons.
“It has got to be something truly deliverable,” he said. “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.”
The Independent has been campaigning for a Final Say vote on any Brexit deal – a position that has been supported by more than a million people.
Mr Starmer added that there remained a “considerable distance” between Labour and the government on Brexit.'
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