Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn indicates he could vote Leave in a new EU referendum
The Labour leader says: “It depends what the choice is in front of us.”
Jeremy Corbyn has indicated that he could vote to leave the European Union if there was a fresh referendum on Brexit.
AS independent.co.uk reported Mr Corbyn said how he voted in any future referendum giving the British public a Final Say on Brexit would depend on the withdrawal deal which is on offer at the time.
He gave a heavily caveated answer when asked if he was “enthusiastic” about the idea of a new referendum, and said that his party might back an amendment calling for one depending on its wording.
The comments from the leader of the opposition come after more than 20 of his MPs defied his will to back a clear call for a referendum in any circumstances last week.
Eleven of the MPs also quit his party over Brexit and antisemitism with eight going on to form the new Independent Group in the House of Commons.
Asked if he would vote Remain in a new referendum, Mr Corbyn told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “It depends what the choice is in front of us. If we’ve got a good deal in which we can have a dynamic relationship with Europe … then that might be a good way forward that unites the country.
“It depends what the relationship is that we’ve agreed in the future.”
Mr Corbyn’s front bench is in talks with Labour backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson about potentially backing an amendment which would see a referendum called on a deal that is approved by parliament.
He explained that the amendment is being written and that he would need to see the exact wording before ordering whips to shepherd MPs into backing it.
The Labour leader was shown a quote from Mr Kyle, who described Mr Corbyn’s team as moving towards “enthusiasm” for a new referendum.
Asked if he was “enthusiastic”, he said: “I love the way he put’s that. That’s very nice. Yes, we had a good discussion. Yes, our conference voted on a comprehensive motion which is about all the issues relating to Europe, but our priority is to get a general election, but yes we do support the principle.”
Asked again he said: “I’m enthusiastic about getting a deal with Europe which guarantees our future trading relationship and protects jobs and industries in this country and I do think people should have a choice in that.”
Pressed again, he named his priorities as avoiding a no-deal Brexit, protecting jobs and having a trading relationship with Europe, before adding, “and a choice, a real credible choice that people can make on the future relationship with Europe”.
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