Labour says it will back call for second Brexit referendum

Theresa May said the UK will only leave on 29 March with explicit consent of parliament

Corbyn has been under pressure for some time to support a second referendum.

The news comes shortly after Jeremy Corbyn signalled a huge shift in his party's Brexit policy, and indicated he would tell him MPs to support the Cooper-Letwin amendment on Wednesday.

You might have heard this one before: Theresa May has delayed the Commons vote on her Brexit deal.

In a move that could change the Brexit debate in Britain, the Labour Party said it would back a second public vote if the House of Commons reject its alternative withdrawal plan later this week - as is widely expected.

Last week, eight referendum-supporting lawmakers quit the party, in part owing to frustration over his failure to back another vote.

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Labour's Brexit spokesperson, Keir Starmer, said Labour would back an amendment calling for a referendum if MPs defeat the party's latest attempt to force Prime Minister Theresa May into accepting their alternative Brexit plan of a permanent customs union with the EU and continued EU-level workplace rights.

"It is still within our grasp to leave the European Union with a deal on the 29th of March and that is what we are working to do", May told reporters aboard her plane, as she traveled to a summit of EU and Arab leaders in Egypt. Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell estimated that there would be 25 Labour MPs who would simply not support a second referendum, regardless of how a motion backing it would be phrased. On the other hand, without promising that Labour would allow May's Brexit deal through parliament, there is no realistic prospect of attracting Conservative support.

"As a result of that we won't bring a meaningful vote to parliament this week. Jeremy Corbyn is today taking the first step to reunite our party by showing he is listening to our voters and members on this, the biggest issue of our time".

Mr Tusk said delaying the UK's withdrawal is now a "rational solution", warning that the only alternative if MPs can not agree a deal is "a chaotic Brexit".

"We have voted against the deal because it didn't meet our tests". Edinburgh MP Ian Murray, one of its strongest advocates, said the announcement was "significant progress", but said campaigners had to "win the arguments to get a majority in Parliament to win a public vote with the option to remain".

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