Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show this morning, Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of Unite, rejected calls being made by John McDonnell and other senior shadow cabinet members for Labour to move quickly to change its Brexit policy. He said "my message to everybody is stop panicking." Earlier, McDonnell had told Sky's Sophie Ridge that Labour "need to move now".
Responding, David Lammy MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote Campaign, said:
“Anyone urging Jeremy to delay this decision for another 12 weeks is not asking him demonstrate leadership, they are asking him to continue with a can-kicking strategy that has already seen millions of people turn away from Labour. Further dithering will not only harm our party’s chances in the next election but harm our communities and our country too.
"As Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt vie against each other to offer the 0.25% of the UK who are Conservative Party members the hardest possible Brexit, the people are crying out for strong and principled opposition. Now is the time for Labour to act - and do it fast.”
Notes to Editors
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, Mr McDonnell said:
“At the Shadow Cabinet two weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn said “we’re moving towards a decision on this. We’ve all agreed that we have to go back to the people. on any deal or no deal, most probably, almost certainly in a referendum. The discussion is then around is around what attitude Labour should take. I’ve said publicly that I’d vote remain and campaign for remain. We need to move now.”
Speaking to Andrew Marr on the BBC, Len McCluskey said:
“There is no panic to do anything. We’ve got a policy conference coming up in less than 12 weeks, Let Jeremy Corbyn consult. My message to Labour MPs and to our Labour members is Jeremy’s done ok so far, so let’s trust him to consult and see what emerges. My message to everybody is stop panicking. Stop putting pressure on Jeremy Corbyn”