Second referendum necessary if no Brexit agreement, says John McDonnell – Politics live | Politics | The Guardian8 Febbraio 2019
Shadow chancellor says Theresa May must accept Labour’s five demands to win parliamentary vote or ‘we have to go back to the people’
Where else do we go? A huge amount of quite unnecessary fear is being created among the public … The government can stop this now.
In a foreword to a People’s Vote campaign paper, the crossbench* peer also claimed diplomats would take years to negotiate Britain’s future relationship with the European Union, and accused Theresa May of preparing for a “blindfold Brexit” in which the substantive issues about the UK’s future had not been confronted. He writes:
If people are saying ‘look, we are expressing a vote of no confidence because Luciana has stood up and exposed anti-Semitism in our party’, that would be completely wrong and, of course, we would say that is not right.
But it looks as though there’s other issues. It seems on social media, from what I’ve seen, what’s happened is Luciana has been associated in the media with a breakaway party.
Some local party members, the media, have asked her to deny that. She hasn’t been clear in that. So my advice really, on all of this, is for Luciana to just put this issue to bed. Say very clearly ‘no, I’m not supporting another party, I’m not jumping ship’.
And for local party members to sit down with Luciana and actually say ‘how can we support you? How can we work together in the future?’ And then overcome the present difficulties.
If Theresa May said ‘I’ll sign up to Labour’s deal’ and we went to parliament, I think we would have a secure parliamentary majority.
But we’re at that stage now where we’re saying very clearly to everybody that people have looked over the edge of a no-deal Brexit and it could be catastrophic for our economy …In the national interest we have got to come together to secure a compromise, and then if we can’t do that, well yes, we have to go back to the people.
Only yesterday, Labour sources confirmed that the party’s official position continues to be that the option of a public vote is on the table but denied it would automatically move to back a second referendum if May rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s offer of support for a revised Brexit deal.