Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced that the Labour Party will back a new move to prevent a hard exit from the European Union.
Speaking to the weekly meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Corbyn announced that he would support a Commons amendment to allow for a second public referendum on the final deal to leave the European Union.
The Labour Party will now back a second referendum Commons vote if the Party’s own alternative Brexit plan fails to get a majority vote on Wednesday, leaving the only other option for Brexit being a “damaging Tory Brexit”. However, the Party leader hasn’t included a possibility of a second referendum on the amendment to the Tory Brexit bill due to be released on Wednesday.
The announcement comes exactly a week after 8 centrist Labour MPs rebelled from the party to create the newly formed Independent group, who cited the Labour Party’s pro-Brexit stance amongst their reasons for leaving the Party.
Corbyn has also confirmed that the party will support a cross-party amendment focused on ruling out the possibility of the United kingdom leaving the European Union under a no-deal scenario.
David Lammy, prolific supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said in response to the Party’s move that it is “welcome news” that the Party will now “accept the principle of giving the public the final say on Brexit”.
However, an estimated 70 Labour MPs have stated that they would vote to stop a second referendum, highlighting the deep divides in the Party on the issue currently, leading many to speculate that the Labour Leader doesn’t intend to follow through with the promise, and is instead hoping that the amended deal is accepted by Parliament on Wednesday.