John McDonnell: Labour will avoid straight rerun of 2016 Brexit referendum

John McDonnell: Labour will avoid straight rerun of 2016 Brexit referendum

John McDonnell: Labour will avoid straight rerun of 2016 Brexit referendum

On Good Morning Britain he suggested that a general election would be "the real People's Vote" because it would give the public the chance to change the team carrying out the negotiations, replacing Theresa May with a Labour government.

Later Tuesday, the conference will formally vote on a motion on "all options remaining on the table", including the possibility of a second referendum.

Campaigners for a so-called People's Vote - who staged a march in Liverpool on the conference's opening day - have welcomed the motion, which states that if Labour can not force an early general election it will "support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

"So, let me be very clear - right here, right now: if Theresa May brings back a deal that fails our tests - and that looks increasingly likely - Labour will vote against it".

"If we can not get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

Jeremy Corbyn has said anti-Semitism "is a scourge on any society" and that Labour has taken steps to address the issue.

As Labour's conference officially begins in Liverpool on Sunday, a march of MPs, MEPs, union leaders and activists will attempt to put pressure on the party to throw its weight behind a so-called People's Vote.

Labour - which wants the United Kingdom to remain in a customs union but not the single market - has not ruled out voting for any deal Mrs May brings back from Brussels, ahead of the UK's 29 March departure date.

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Ivor Caplin, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, believes the party can overcome the issue and persuade the public to vote Labour - like they have before. There is a strong current within the Labour Party, however, that believes in the possibility of a "left Brexit" that would facilitate more state intervention into the economy once the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the bloc.

John McDonnell has said any new referendum should be on the deal.

The Labour leader said today that he would prefer forcing a general election this autumn instead of a second referendum but promised to "adhere to what members want".

The question is whether she can hold on to her post or will her backbenchers call her leadership into question and trigger either general elections or a referendum. "That's why I think we now need to take a stand - we the Labour Party and we the country".

It came as Corbyn told reporters he was "bound by the democracy of [the Labour] party" as party chiefs weighed up whether to put a motion to the conference floor which specifically backed a second referendum. "The people's vote will be on the deal itself and whether we can negotiate a better one".

Asked what the vote would be on, he replied: "Parliament will decide what will be on that ballot paper".

Malta's prime minister on Thursday (20 September) signalled unexpected support from European Union leaders for a second referendum on Brexit in Britain, boosting a growing campaign for a new poll despite the British government's trenchant opposition.

When pressed on his views on Israel, Corbyn added: "It's right that people should be able to discuss the establishment of the state of Israel but recognize the existence of the state of Israel, and not prevent that type of debate".

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