Wednesday 10 July 2019 2:58 AM UTC
LONDON July 10: Jeremy Corbyn has challenged the next Tory prime minister to put the Brexit outcome to a referendum and announced Labour would campaign for Remain.
However, the party is still leaving open the option of seeking to negotiate a better deal if it wins a snap general election – and backing that agreement in a public vote.
Announcing the end of Labour’s consultation on his policy, Mr Corbyn urged Boris Johnson – if he wins the Tory leadership race – to have “the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people”.
“In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either no deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs,” he said.
The commitment comes in a letter Mr Corbyn has written to every Labour member ahead of a shadow cabinet meeting to agree a “settled Brexit position” today.
However, he is certain to be challenged at that meeting to go further by making Labour committed to supporting Remain in all circumstances, in any referendum.
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