‘We must BLOCK No Deal even if it means a 2nd referendum’: – McDonnell
‘We must BLOCK a No Deal… even if it means a second referendum’: John McDonnell says ‘we cannot let Brexit extremist like Boris affect people’s lives’ as he admits Labour faces a ‘good kicking’ in EU elections
- The Labour Party will support a second referendum to block a no deal Brexit under ‘extremist’ Boris Johnson
- John McDonnell has said the Labour Party is ‘braced’ for a ‘good kicking’ at polls
- The shadow chancellor said his party’s stance on Brexit was designed to ‘bring people together’ but had been ‘difficult electorally’
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said the Labour Party will support a second referendum to block a no deal departure from the EU under a ‘Brexit extremist’ Prime Minister like Boris Johnson.
It comes after Labour deputy leader Tom Watson wrote today Labour should move ‘unequivocally’ to back a second referendum.
Mr McDonnell said: ‘We’ve got to bring people together now and block a no deal and if that means going back to the people, so be it.’
John McDonnell told Sophie Ridge on Sky that Labour would support a second referendum to block a no deal Brexit
Mr Corbyn’s closest political ally said that the Party’s policy, as determined by its national conference, was to ‘try to secure a deal if we can, block a no deal, block a bad deal, and if we can’t do that … then seek a general election or yes go back to the public.’
He said in the light of Theresa May’s resignation and the ‘Brexit extremists’ lining up to succeed her it was time to ‘bring opposition leaders together’ to talk and agree a way to block a no deal Brexit.
He added that to block a no deal Brexit: ‘We’ve said, if necessary, yes, let’s have a general election about this but if necessary yes let’s go back to the people again.’
the Conservatives were predicted to face electoral catastrophe in the European elections, held on Thursday, the results of which will be announced tonight. Labour were also predicted to fare badly.
Mr McDonnell told Sophie Ridge: ‘I think we probably will get a good kicking in the election results tonight. We’ll see, we’ll see, but we’re braced for that.’
He said the party had tried to bring people together and not ignore Leave voters.
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