Commenting on Ian Lavery’s article in the Guardian, Anna McMorrin MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“For any Labour MP, member or supporter to suggest that the choice is between a Labour government and a People’s Vote on Brexit is to set up a false framing. It is perfectly possible to be a supporter of a Labour government and to call for a People’s Vote.
“It is true that the country is crying out for real change, and for solutions to the poverty, homelessness and lack of investment in public services we see around us. I am campaigning for a People’s Vote precisely because I think all the evidence shows Brexit will make all of these things worse, and that staying in a changing Europe would give us the best chance of building a different country.
“With Parliament deadlocked then the only realistic prospect of passing a Brexit deal is for both the Labour and Conservative frontbenches to back it. Yet all the analyses show Brexit will lower growth and cost jobs, especially in the North of England, Wales and Scotland.
“Supporting a Brexit deal that would be seen as an establishment stitch-up would risk alienating both the remain-voting majority of Labour’s support and the leave-voting minority, who will see their party fall-in behind something that is both likely to make them worse off and fall well-short of the promises that were made in 2016.
“Working people are not afraid of being asked to make a choice about the country’s future. The first century of the British Labour Movement was, above all, about securing the vote for the many not the few. Leaving this decision to a tiny number of MPs is not the way to build support or respect for politics. Having a mature and honest debate in the country between staying in the EU with our current deal and leaving with some sort of Brexit deal is likely to be a much better solution for our politics and for public debate and ultimately for national unity.”