Jeremy Corbyn says Labour doesn't support a second Brexit vote

  • Jeremy Corbyn says Labour doesn't support a second Brexit vote

Jeremy Corbyn says Labour doesn't support a second Brexit vote

Mr Corbyn also hit back at critics within the party calling for the United Kingdom to remain in the EU single market and customs union after Brexit.

In a speech to the Fabian Society's annual conference in London on Saturday, Streeting will say: "On the UK's future relationship with the European Union - the single biggest issue facing our country in a generation - we find ourselves in the bad position where it is the Labour party that now stands as the single biggest barrier to the UK's membership of the single market and customs union".

"As for a second referendum.in either case... if 90 per cent of the population were saying we should stay in the European Union, that would be a challenge that would be there for all of us who are democrats", she said.

Mr Corbyn said his party was not seeking a new Brexit vote at the moment but failed to explain whether they would in the future.

But less than half an hour later Mr Corbyn rejected her demand, saying he did not "understand" why she was focusing on the single market when Brexit meant leaving it.

"In either case, if 90% of the population was now saying we should stay in the European Union and we must not leave, then that would be a challenge that would be there for all of us who are democrats. We are leaving the European Union".

And last week former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said a second vote might be needed to end the "whinging and whining" of anti-Brexit campaigners.

And she admitted that it was a "deep balancing act" to please both Labour voters who backed Brexit, and Labour members who want to stay in the EU.

The Labour leader told ITV's Peston On Sunday: "We are not supporting or calling for a second referendum". However the survey said only 18% of Tory voters want a second poll and 79% were against.

Single market membership after Brexit has become a divisive issue within Labour, with members struggling to reach a common party line on the matter.

"If you were to ask the vast majority of Labour Party people what do you actually want to achieve, rather than the label, we'd all be in huge agreement", he said.

Pro-Remain Labour Chuka Umunna also questioned the statement, pointing out countries like Norway and Iceland maintained access to the single market despite being outside the European Union.

The party leader reiterated his call for MPs to have a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal.

Mr Sturgeon lashed out at the Labour leader on Twitter, arguing he was misleading people by arguing Brexit meant leaving the single market. The SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Greens have joined forces to back an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill when it returns to the Commons this week.