Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said a second referendum was “not the best option”.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said a second referendum was “not the best option”
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said a second referendum was “not the best option”

Labour would only back a second referendum ‘in extremis’

The shadow chancellor cooled hopes that Jeremy Corbyn is moving towards backing another public vote, stating it was still “not the best option”.

“Let’s get a deal done – that’s the most important thing for me,” Mr McDonnell told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

Instead, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr the party would continue pushing for a Brexit deal which keeps the UK in a customs union.

The party says its position, as agreed at its conference in September, is to seek a deal which includes a custom’s union, single market access and protects workers’, consumer and environmental rights.

Labour’s composite motion was always an ‘OPTION’ for a Second referendum, not a ‘POLICY.’ Read more:

If that’s not possible then they want a general election to try and take power.

But Labour insists the option of another poll remains on the table.

John McDonnell said the party was still trying to get a softer Brexit despite Theresa May ruling out keeping the UK in a customs union.

He said: “You would only go back to the people in extremis if can’t get a deal agreed through parliament.

“Or if any deal, you thought, wasn’t going to protect jobs and the economy you would have go back to the people – and I think that’s right.”

Mr McDonnell told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme:


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