Jeremy Corbyn Announces Labour Would Campaign For Remain To Stop Tory Brexit UK
Following a meeting of the shadow cabinet, Corbyn said Labour would campaign for Remain in such a vote.
But the Labour leader crucially did not reveal whether the party would hold a referendum and back Remain should it get into power.
In a letter to party members, he said: “Whoever becomes the new prime minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no-deal, back to the people in a public vote.
“In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either no-deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.”
Corbyn has come under intense pressure, including from his close allies, to move towards a more pro-Remain position following the party’s poor showing at the European elections.
The surge in support for the Lib Dems led many senior MPs to argue the party had to stop looking like it was sitting on the fence on Brexit.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, recently warned Labour’s position was “a slow-moving car crash”.