Stop Brexit? UK’s Labour Party mulls backing new referendum

He stressed it was not yet party policy to have a second vote, saying: "That is not the view Jeremy and I take, what we have said and still want the conference to support is that there is a meaningful vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal and if we can't get a meaningful vote then there should be a general election".

May says she will hold her nerve in the talks, pressing the European Union to come up with an alternative proposal to her Chequers plan, named after the prime minister's country residence where a deal was hashed out with her top ministers in July.

As Labour's conference officially begins in Liverpool, a march of MPs, MEPs, union leaders and activists will attempt to put pressure on the party to throw its weight behind a second referendum. We could well be looking towards a general election, and - do you know what? - we're ready for it.

Britain's main opposition Labour Party would require large companies to reserve at least one third of the seats on their boards for workers, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday.

Two senior members of her political team responded to her humiliation last week in Salzburg by "wargaming" an autumn vote to win public backing for her plan, the paper said.

He told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "It seems to me inconceivable that if the Labour Party conference decides that it wants a manifesto pledge on a people's vote that we would defy that decision".

Labour's conference starts today as a YouGov poll revealed 86% of members want a second referendum on the United Kingdom leaving the EU.

Corbyn said that May should come to Parliament to make a statement following last week's European Union summit in Salzburg and her defiant response to the rejection of her Chequers proposals. "In the referendum, I wanted to remain and reform the European Union".

With the United Kingdom and the European Union at an impasse in divorce talks, many Labour members think the left-of-center opposition party has the power - and a duty - to force a new referendum that could reverse Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation bloc.

'Jeremy and I were elected in 2015 to give the Labour party back to its members.

Some 81% believe their standard of living would get worse after Brexit and 89% said it would be bad for jobs.

And, after a summer in which Corbyn and his party has been dogged by allegations of anti-semitism, the Labour leader insisted he would "die fighting racism in any form" and hit back at Rabbi Sacks' comparison of him with Enoch Powell.

But shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned on Saturday that a second referendum could stoke racial tensions and far-right populism.

"I'm desperately trying to avoid any rise of xenophobia that happened last time around, I'm desperately trying to avoid giving any opportunity to Ukip or the far-right".

"I think the time for vagueness is over", she said.

Ever since Britain voted in 2016 to leave the EU, Labour has said it will respect the result, although it wants a closer relationship with the bloc than the one Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government is seeking.

  • Jon Douglas