Labour rejects call to back public vote on Brexit deal


Rebecca Long Bailey suggested a second referendum on an agreed Brexit deal was not a red line for Labour

All four Welsh Labour candidates for the European elections are calling on the party to promise another Brexit referendum in its manifesto.

He was backed by Momentum founder Jon Lansman, who said: "At [Labour conference] we agreed: if the Government is confident in negotiating a deal that working people, our economy and communities will benefit from they should not be afraid to put that deal to the public".

In a bid to ratchet up pressure on the Labour leader, Mr Watson singled out members of the party's governing body and urged activists to lobby them into backing a second referendum under all circumstances.

Sources from inside the room characterised the meeting of the 41-member NEC, which brings together representatives of the party leadership, MPs and members as well as unions, as "respectful, constructive and comradely throughout". The official People's Vote campaign said Labour were doing the "bare minimum".

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But Mr. Watson denied "storming out" of the meeting, which was raised by Pippa Crerar, Daily Mail Political Editor, with the deputy leader stating that she had received an "inaccurate briefing" and that he had "politely asked" if the shadow cabinet was going to see the draft and was told "no".

The meeting came amid increasingly positive mood music surrounding cross-party Brexit talks with Labour, with the Government understood to be hoping a conclusion may be reached towards the middle of next week. "So I left to walk to the NEC".

Nigel Farage's newly formed party took 28 per cent of the vote in a YouGov poll of 5,420 people, more than double the support for the Tories, who are on 13 per cent.

"The overwhelming majority of Welsh Labour members and voters support this, and it is the democratically established policy of the party".

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Commenting on the outcome, a Labour spokesperson said: "Labour's European elections manifesto was agreed at the NEC today and it will be published soon".

The issue is coming to a head because Britain looks set to participate in May 23 elections for the European Union parliament.

Change UK, which includes in its parliamentary ranks former Tory MPs Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry, is only set to win 10 per cent of the national vote, but beating the Tories in London will be seen as particularly damaging for the Conservatives, especially when the breakaway party was only officially registered by the electoral commission on 15 April.

"If we don't do it, the coming years will be divisive because people will be turning round and saying 'Hang on, I didn't vote for this"'.

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