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Brexit: Cross-party deal must include confirmatory vote – Sir Keir Starmer



 Sir Keir Starmer

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Brexit cross-party deal will not get through Parliament unless it is subject to a confirmatory vote, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has said.

But Sir Keir told the Guardian that, without a new referendum, up to 1

50 Labor MPs would vote against any deal.

And he added he would not be afraid to pull the plug on cross-party talks as soon as this week if the prime minister did not budge on her red lines.

Theresa May is hoping to reach a cross-party consensus on her withdrawal agreement after failing to get it through Parliament three times.

Sir Keir said: "A significant number of Labor MPs, probably 120 if not 150, would not back a deal if it hasn't got a confirmatory vote. "" If the point of the exercise is to get a sustainable majority, over several weeks or months of delivering on the implementation, you can't leave a confirmatory vote out of the package. "

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Meanwhile, in a speech later, Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson is set to "plead "With voters to back Labor in the European Parliament elections – despite the party's Brexit stance.

Campaigning for the European elections continues – with votes to elect 73 UK MEPs due to be cast on 23 May – and Mr Watson will warn voters not To turn to the "nasty nationalism of the Farage Brexit Party" 659015] Image copyright
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Mr Watson's speech will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of the former Labor leader John Smith.

In it, he will say he believes Mr Smith would have supported the view of his forms deputy, Dame Margaret Beckett, and backed to "People's Vote"

Mr. Watson will also say that "corrosive right sentiment, posing as patriotism, will dominate this EU election."

" Forces that can win this election – that nasty nationalism of the Farage Brexit Party, or the tolerant, compassionate outward-looking patriotism of the Labor Party.

"I can only do with Labor supporters – don't stay at home, don't put that down, don't let them win."

Mr. Watson had called for his party to promise a referendum on any Brexit deal in its European elections manifesto.

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John Smith died at the age of 55
                

The UK had been due to leave the EU on March 29, but the deadline was pushed back to October 31 after Parliament was unable to agree a way forward.

Ahead of European elections later this month, two separate polls, at ComRes and Opinium, give the Brexit the largest share of the vote with the Conservatives in fourth place behind Labor and the Lib Dems.

Labor has agreed to support a further referendum on Brexit under certain circumstances.

Its governing National Executive Committee, when it comes to deciding on the election of the EU election manifesto, rejected the idea of ​​campaigning for a referendum under all circumstances

But the party will demand a public vote if it cannot get changes to the government's deal or an election

Labor's position on Brexit

June 2017 – Labor's general election manifesto accepts referendum result

March 2018 – Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Owen Smith – Finding Social Democrats Can't Get It "must support all options… including a public vote"

18 November ] – Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn says a new referendum is "an option for the future" but "not an option for today"

November 28 – Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says Labor will "inevitably" back a

16 January 2019 – 71 Labor MPs say they support a public vote

6 February – Mr Corbyn writes a letter to Mrs May Outlining five changes with no mention of a "People's Vote"

28 February – Labor says it will back a public vote after its proposed Brexit deal is rejected

14 March – Five Labor MPs quit party roles to further referendum

[1 9459022] March 27 – The party backs to a confirmatory public vote in Parliament's indicative votes on a way forward for Brexit

April 30 – Party agrees to demand a public vote if it cannot get changes to the government's deal or election, as it decides to become an EU election manifesto


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