Thursday, 4 April 2019

Brexiteer anger as Labour confirm they ARE discussing a second referendum

Labour today confirmed talks with Theresa May will include the possibility of calling a second referendum as the price of Jeremy Corbyn's support for any Brexit deal.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer spoke out after Chancellor Philip Hammond was accused of 'going rogue' - and left Tory Brexiteers apoplectic - after admitting a new public vote on leaving the EU would be 'perfectly credible'.  

Theresa May is today continuing talks with Jeremy Corbyn to try and strike a Brexit deal before an EU summit next week, as Remain-leaning ministers in her Cabinet were out in force to prepare the ground for the possibility of a softer Brexit.

Arriving for the Westminster summit Sir Keir said the idea of a second 'confirmatory' referendum would be raised, adding: 'We had discussions yesterday and we are going to continue them today'.

Downing Street has denied reports on BuzzFeed News that there have been talks on creating a 'devolution lock' that would give Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast a veto on any future changes to the UK-EU relationship. 

Today remainers claimed victory as the Chancellor called a second referendum 'perfectly credible' and admitted a customs union compromise would be a price worth paying for a deal with Labour.

His words have widened the Brexit fissure in the Cabinet with Health Secretary Matt Hancock distancing himself from Mr Hammond assertion on a second referendum saying: 'Well, that’s certainly not how I would describe it'.

Mrs May is edging towards a softer Brexit agreement with the Labour Leader - despite warnings it would plunge the Tories into civil war - with negotiations set to continue today. 

Last night Mr Hammond also risked a Tory backlash as he said a 'confirmatory referendum' - on Mrs May's deal versus Remain - was a 'perfectly credible proposition.'

Spartan chief Steve Baker told MailOnline: 'The Chancellor has come up with about the stupidest suggestion I could imagine. Look at the rage and despair created by asking Parliament to choose between Brexit in name only or no Brexit, and then imagine the public reaction. Is he trying to destroy all faith in democracy?'.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has also made the case for a customs union compromise, insisting it was 'not some kind of sell-out'.


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