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Britain's Labour keeps second Brexit referendum on table

Britain's Labour keeps second Brexit referendum on table

Corbyn's second in command, finance spokesman John McDonnell repeated that Labour was ready for an election, which he said was the "best solution", and that any new vote would not be a repeat of the 2016 referendum to stay or leave the bloc.

Labour's party conference on Tuesday is expected to pass a motion which will commit to campaigning for a people's vote, if there is no option of a general election available.

But the exact wording of the motion to be put to a vote at the party's conference on Tuesday states only that "if we can not get a general election, Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

Britain's opposition Labour Party kicked off its annual conference on Sunday hoping to take advantage of government turmoil, but separate rallies against Brexit and anti-Semitism brought into focus the obstacles in the way of power.

"We could well be looking towards a general election and you know what?"

And if Labour's Corbyn does come out with clear support for a second referendum, the pressure on the Conservatives to get any deal through parliament will only grow. Ninety per cent of Labour members want to stay in the EU.

- Despite unanimous agreement on the party's ruling National Executive Committee, there are still clear splits between party members and the unions on the question of how MP candidates are selected.

Some regions agreed that Brexit must be stopped.

After months of trolling and threats by anti-Semitic supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the MP said: "We are under attack".

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The results in the latest Ipsos MORI Political Monitor showed little change from July when it was 72% but is worse than the 60% who did not have much confidence at the start of the year, while three in ten (28%) said they are confident the PM will get a good deal.

With the United Kingdom and the European Union now at an impasse in divorce talks, and just six months to go until Britain officially leaves on March 29, many Labour members think the party should try to force a new referendum that could reverse Britain's decision to quit the 28-nation bloc.

In a bid to force an early election, Corbyn has said Labour would be prepared to vote down the prime minister's final Brexit deal when it is put to the Commons in November, if it did not meet a series of tests Labour has set out, specifically if it waters down workers' rights and environmental protections.

"We argued for Remain in the past, but we lost that vote so we have to respect that", he told the BBC.

"Parliament will decide what will be on that ballot paper".

When pressed on his views on Israel, Corbyn added: "It's right that people should be able to discuss the establishment of the state of Israel but recognize the existence of the state of Israel, and not prevent that type of debate".

United Kingdom voters are likely to be spluttering into their cups of tea at the prospect of another vote on either Brexit or another general election so soon after 2017's snap vote.

Brexit minister Dominic Raab again ruled out a new vote, describing the suggestion as "for the birds".

"For Labour to adopt a second referendum policy would spell political disaster in all those Labour seats that voted leave", said Brendan Chilton of the pro-Brexit group Labour Leave.