By Chukwudi Nwabuko
Britain’s Labour Party have declared its preparedness to allow a second referendum on Brexit to prevent a “damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country”.
Labours latest position is a significant shift in the party’s policy as the party leader had stoutly opposed the move in the past.
Jeremy Corbyn is billed to tell a meeting of the party’s MP’s that the move would ‘prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country’.
A statement issued by Corbyn did not state if the party leader would back a referendum on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, or on his own Brexit proposals.
Mr Corbyn also announced that Labour would first push its own five-point plan for a softer Brexit, including customs union membership in a vote on Wednesday.
According to the party leader, “the prime minister is recklessly running down the clock, in an attempt to force MP’s to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous no-deal. We cannot and will not accept.”
He stated that Labour would back the amendment sponsored by two MP’s designed to force Theresa May to seek extension of Article 50 if her deal does not pass the Commons by the middle of March.
Pledging to block a no-deal Brexit, Corbyn said: “One way or another, we will do everything in our power to prevent no-deal and oppose a damaging Tory Brexit based on Theresa May’s overwhelmingly rejected deal.
“That’s why, in line with our conference policy, we are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country.”
Meanwhile a change in labour’s Brexit policy came after Theresa May admitted she will not get a revised Brexit deal in time for MP’s to hold a ‘meaningful vote’ on it this Wednesday.
It would be recalled that nine MP’s left the Labour party last week with many of them decrying Mr. Corbyn’s stance on Brexit as well as alleged reluctance by the leader to stamp out anti-Semitism from the ranks of the party.
Notable among those who left the party to form The Independent Group is Mr. Chuka Umunna, the member representing Streatham