Thursday 29 November 2018 2:05 AM UTC
LONDON Nov 29: John McDonnell has suggested a second referendum now seems “inevitable” if MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
In a significant intervention, the shadow chancellor also said Labour would call on the government to “join us” in a public vote if the party cannot secure a general election.
Labour’s official position is to keep all options on the table, including the prospect of a second referendum, but Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly made clear that he would prefer a general election.
Mr McDonnell told the BBC: “We want a deal that will protect jobs and the economy. If we can’t achieve that – the government can’t achieve that – we should have a general election but that’s very difficult to do because of the nature of the legislation that David Cameron brought forward.
“If that’s not possible, we’ll be calling upon the government then to join us in a public vote.
“It’s difficult to judge each stage, but that’s the sequence I think that we’ll inevitably go through over this period.”
Asked if it was “inevitable” that there would be another vote, he said: “That’s right. Our policy is if we can’t get a general election, then the other option which we’ve kept on the table is a people’s vote.”
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