Cornered Corbyn close to second referendum surrender

Mail Online | 5/27/2019 | Daniel Martin Policy Editor For The Daily Mail
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Jeremy Corbyn was close to surrender over a second EU referendum last night after Labour's electoral humiliation triggered a mutiny at the top of his party.

Mr Corbyn signalled he could be ready to commit to a second Brexit vote after his closest colleagues said it was the only way to stop Labour haemorrhaging support.

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John McDonnell and Diane Abbott both told him the party must guarantee a new referendum under any circumstances in the wake of its European elections mauling.

Party policy has been to push first for a general election and then back a second referendum only to stop a 'bad' or No Deal Brexit.

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But after Labour was pushed into third place nationally by the pro-Remain Liberal Democrats on Sunday night, Mr Corbyn's colleagues demanded an end to the ambiguity. In a dramatic intervention, Shadow Chancellor Mr McDonnell said: 'Our only option now is to go back to the people in a referendum.'

Last night, Mr Corbyn made what his aides described as a 'tonal shift' to his position.

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In a letter to his MPs, the Labour leader said: 'It is clear that the deadlock in Parliament can now only be broken by the issue going back to the people through a general election or a public vote. We are ready to support a public vote on any deal.'

The statement moved the party closer to fully committing to a second referendum, but Mr Corbyn will still face intense Labour pressure to back a so-called 'people's vote' without delay, in any circumstances – and to campaign on the Remain side. The major obstacle to this remains his hard-Left allies such as powerful union boss Len McCluskey, who is vehemently against a second Brexit vote for fear of Labour being wiped out in the North.

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The party endured an appalling night on Sunday, finishing with just...
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