Sadiq Khan: next Labour manifesto could back a referendum on Brexit deal
London Mayor Sadiq Khan suggests Labour could support another EU referendum. And a new poll finds 70% of Labour voters think there should be one.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, the newspaper reports London Mayor Sadiq Khan as saying it is “possible” that the next Labour manifesto could include support for a referendum on the Brexit deal. Khan said: “I so far have not been persuaded how this government has a plan that works for our country”. The newspaper also reports Khan as adding that he didn’t see a Brexit deal that would be good enough to accept without offering a referendum on it.
The comments echo those made by former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugale who also backed calls for another referendum. Writing for the Daily Record, Dugale said: “the biggest test for Labour has yet to come because leaving the EU without access to the single market is not what I believe the country voted for.” She added: “If that happens then Labour must insist that the final Brexit deal goes to another public vote to be ratified or rejected.”
Dugale also called for the people to take back control of Brexit with “a vote on the deal.”
Brexit is spiralling out of control and out of the interests of working people. That’s why we the people should take back control with a final vote on the deal.
Kezia Dugale, former Scottish Labour leader
Support for another Brexit referendum grows amongst voters
Labour haven’t officially ruled out calling for another referendum on Brexit. They may not want to rule it out completely given a recent poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR) shared with Politico found 70% of Labour voters said they supported some form of second referendum on Brexit. 51% of Labour voters backed a referendum on accepting the final deal or remaining in the EU. There was also increased support for another referendum from British voters in general. Politico reports over half of voters surveyed backed another referendum with the most popular scenario (34%) being a vote between accepting the Brexit deal or remaining in the EU.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, the chances of the UK and EU moving onto talks on a transition or future partnership deal doesn’t seem to have improved. This is despite the prime minister’s intervention on Friday with her speech in Florence. As Politico reports, the EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has reiterated the EU’s position that more progress was needed on the terms of withdrawal before talks could move on. Barnier said: “For me, discussing a potential period of transition can be done only if we have found an agreement on an orderly withdrawal.”
At the moment, it’s still uncertain there will even be a deal to accept or not.