McDonnell: People’s Vote is ‘inevitable’

John McDonnell says People's Vote is "inevitable". Photograph: BBC

John McDonnell says People's Vote is "inevitable". Photograph: BBC - Credit: Archant

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said that a People's Vote now appears to be 'inevitable'.

There had been speculation that senior Labour figures were preparing to back a People's Vote if Theresa May's deal was defeated - with Robert Peston claiming that Corbyn would make his party the 'champion of another referendum or People's Vote'.

This appeared to be supported in a new interview between John McDonnell and the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, where the shadow chancellor McDonnell said that he believed there could now be another Brexit referendum.

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He said: 'We should have a general election but that's very difficult. If that's not possible we'll be calling upon the government then to join us in the public vote... that's the sequence I think that we'll inevitably go through over this period.'

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McDonnell replied: 'That's right.'

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McDonnell has seperately told a Guardian Live event that a People's Vote 'might be an option we seize upon'. He said that the options would include Remain, but not a 'no Deal' option.

He added: 'We'll have to go through that sequence to show we're doing everything we can.'

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