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Labour conference: Members vote to keep Remain vote option (BBC)

Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, speaking at the Labour Conference.

25 September 2018

Labour delegates have approved a motion that would keep all options – including a fresh referendum – on the table if MPs are deadlocked over Brexit.

It was passed by a show of hands at the party conference in Liverpool.
The vast majority were in favour of the motion, with only a small number against.
Leader Jeremy Corbyn – who has previously ruled out another EU referendum – has said he will respect the result of the vote.
Sir Keir Starmer said earlier that the option of staying in the EU would be on the ballot paper in any future referendum if Labour gets its way.
In his party conference speech, the shadow Brexit secretary said all options should be kept on the table, including a so-called People’s Vote, to “stop a destructive Tory Brexit”.
But a senior Unite official said another vote would “reopen the wounds of Brexit” not heal them.
Labour’s policy had been to force an election if MPs are deadlocked over Brexit but members succeeded in getting a debate on getting a fresh referendum on to the agenda at the conference.

Sir Keir told Labour activists if a general election was not possible “then other options must be kept open”.
“That includes campaigning for a public vote,” he said.
“It is right for Parliament to have the first say but if we need to break the impasse, our options must include campaigning for a public vote and nobody is ruling out Remain as an option.”

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