Following Labour’s National Executive Committee meeting today where the party agreed to re-state existing conference policy in its European Parliamentary Manifesto, Bridget Phillipson, the Labour MP for Houghton & Sunderland South and a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Today Labour has done the bare minimum needed and I can only hope it will be enough to secure the support of all those millions of our voters demanding the final say on Brexit.
“There is no deal on the table other than the one negotiated by the Government and there is no majority for it in Parliament without a confirmatory referendum to show there is a majority for it the country too.
“The decision of the NEC today reaffirms conference policy and means Labour will have little choice except to back a new public vote on the most likely outcome of this vexed process.
“That’s because more and more of us are recognising it would be unfair to force this deal on the British people now that we know so much more about Brexit.
“But the manifesto’s mealy-mouthed wording still maintains the fiction that there is a deal out there that can satisfy all the promises made three years ago, avoid real costs to jobs and living standards, or end the endless crisis around Brexit.
“This means Labour risks demoralising activists, depressing turnout among supporters and decreasing the share of the vote for candidates who - like the overwhelming majority of our party - are fighting for a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal.”