British Labour will not push for referendum on Brexit terms

Jeremy Corbyn had earlier refused to be drawn on whether the party’s election manifesto would call for a new vote

British Labour will not push for referendum on Brexit terms

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives first keynote in Westminster to begin the election campaign, 20-04-2017. Image: Isbael Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

The Leader of the British Labour Party has ruled out a second referendum on the final Brexit deal should his party find success in the upcoming British general election.

Jeremy Corbyn had earlier refused to be drawn on whether the policy would be included in the party’s election manifesto.

This afternoon a spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “A second referendum is not our policy and it won't be in our manifesto."

The spokesman said the party was primarily focused on gaining and retaining tariff free access to the European markets.

"We want to work with Europe,” he said. “We respect and accept the result of the referendum but there still has to be an economic relationship with Europe."

It comes after the party’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell yesterday said the government should "put the deal to Parliament and possibly to the country overall."

Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin said the conflicting messages were "yet more evidence of chaos" from the Labour leadership.

Election campaign

Earlier Mr Corbyn vowed to take on the establishment in the upcoming campaign – insisting he has no plans to “play by the rules.”

He pledged to target the rich, claiming he will "put the interests of the majority first" and stand up for people held by a rigged economic system.

British Prime Minister Theresa May - campaigning to win a Brexit mandate - has claimed anything other than a Conservative victory would mean a "coalition of chaos."

European response

Following a meeting with Mrs May in Downing Street this afternoon, the new President of the European Parliament said the snap election could help the Brexit negotiations.

Antonio Tajani said that increased stability in the UK is better for Europe.

"For us to have in the next years the same interlocutor, the same government, is better because we will know the strategy and the ideas of the UK, to negotiate an agreement with the same government is better for us,” he said.

"A Government with an election campaign after Brexit agreement immediately is not good for UK or for us. The stability of the UK is important."

Mr Tajani stressed that the issue of reciprocal EU citizen rights should be negotiated "immediately" with a view to getting an agreement by the end of the year.

He said it was "impossible" to have full access to the Single Market without freedom of movement and that it is "impossible to be outside the European Union with the same rights."

Additional reporting from IRN ...