Wilson – Corbyn is right to support a confirmatory referendum but he must go further - People's Vote

Wilson – Corbyn is right to support a confirmatory referendum but he must go further

Responding to Jeremy Corbyn’s article in the Guardian, Phil Wilson, Labour MP for Sedgefield and a leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said:

“It’s great news that Jeremy Corbyn has listened to Labour’s MPs, members and - above all – voters, by promising today that he would back a confirmatory referendum in all circumstances.  That is the real compromise between those who want to impose an undemocratic Brexit on the people that is a million miles away from what was promised in 2016, and those who want to overturn the result of the last referendum simply through a vote in Parliament.  

“But there will be many people in the party worried that hints Jeremy might stay neutral in a final say referendum would not really be a sustainable position. Even Harold Wilson, who took a back seat in the 1975 referendum, made it clear he wanted to stay in Europe. And it’s clear that the overwhelming majority of Labour MPs, party members and voters – including in so-called heartland areas – want the UK to be inside the EU.

“That’s because our outward-looking and internationalist values tell us that working with other countries across borders is the best way to tackle big challenges such as climate change, corporate tax evasion and raging inequality.

“At next week’s party conference, our party will not only show that we’re backing a People’s Vote on a No Deal, a Tory Deal or a new deal agreed by a Labour government - but we will also show we’re a party that recognises that any form of Brexit is not as good as staying in the EU.”