Labour mulls second Brexit referendum in manifesto

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

"Britain needs a Labour government that is prepared to fight for people in every part of the country - our towns, villages as well as big cities".

"We respect the result of the referendum, but there still has to be an economic relationship with Europe".

But addressing a hall in London packed with supporters, the beleaguered Corbyn denied a Conservative victory was a "foregone conclusion", pointing to his own unlikely election as Labour leader in 2015.

"It's clear Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP are now lining up to disrupt our Brexit negotiations in a coalition of chaos".

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's John Pienaar: "I think that it's unlikely that we will make the kind of gains because - as I said before, unless there are substantial changes, that I am unlikely to live to see another Labour government". "Because when we win, it's the people not the powerful who win".

He added: "Walking away and trading under World Trade Organisation conditions will mean the manufacturing industry in this country would be severely damaged".

Corbyn tepidly backed "remain" after decades of criticizing the bloc for giving too much power to corporations over workers.

Mr Corbyn could have blocked Theresa May's recent decision to hold a general election in Parliament but instead insisted that his MPs support the snap poll in a Commons vote on Wednesday.

Labour HQ said an official denial, however, would have to come from the leader's office itself.

She has promised "strong and stable leadership" as Britain begins talks on ending its 43-year-old membership of the European Union, which are likely to be tough.

"If they truly trusted the British people - and wanted to give them a real say over the future direction of this country - then they would have committed to a democratic vote on any final deal", she said.

"We haven't threatened to turn Britain into an offshore tax haven on the shores of Europe, undermining the European economy".

Mr Corbyn said the likes of business tycoons Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley were monopolising money that should be shared by everyone.

The Conservatives were quick to attack Corbyn.

Answering questions, Mr Corbyn said Labour's manifesto would be "fully costed and will be all accounted for and paid for". However, confusion over whether Labour would consider holding a second referendum, if elected, distracted from the message.

However, Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, played down suggestions new taxes might be introduced at this level, saying she understood why "many people" on this salary might feel they were "not rich".

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