Delegates at Labour conference overwhelmingly back People’s Vote motion

PUBLISHED: 17:44 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:20 25 September 2018

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer opens a debate on Brexit during the Labour Party's annual conference. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer opens a debate on Brexit during the Labour Party's annual conference. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Labour has opened the door to reversing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, by overwhelmingly backing a motion that could lead to a People’s Vote.

The party’s conference in Liverpool voted overwhelmingly to keep the option of a fresh vote “on the table”, after shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer explicitly stated that it could include the option of staying in the EU.

Sir Keir won a standing ovation from a large majority of delegates, though some remained firmly in their seats.

His declaration that “nobody is ruling out Remain as an option” was not included in printed copies of his speech distributed to the media, sparking speculation that he may have gone beyond the position agreed by Labour’s high command.

But leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the contents of the speech had been cleared by his office in advance.

He said Labour would subject any deal reached by Theresa May with Brussels to the six tests set out by Sir Keir, including that it should deliver “the exact same benefits” as single market and customs union membership.

And he said Labour was prepared to vote the PM’s deal down.

Anti-Brexit campaigners have branded the result a “game-changer” for those who support a People’s Vote.

Best for Britain chief Eloise Todd said: “Today is a game-changer for the campaign to give the people the final say on Brexit. The passing of this motion has left the door open to Labour backing a people’s vote on Brexit, reflecting what the vast majority of Labour members and voters want - and a majority in the country want.

“Keir Starmer’s standing ovation on the conference floor is proof of how far this debate has shifted: it’s clear that a final say for the people with the option to stay is the only way to genuinely try Labour’s six tests. But more than that, it’s the only way out of the logjam in parliament and deadlock in negotiations created by this government’s head-in-the-sand approach.

“We can’t let jobs continue to be cut and funds designed for public services be re-directed to pay for underperforming Brexit departments. It’s time for a final say with the option to stay.”

MORE: Cheers! New anti-Brexit beer to be launched by Remain campaigners

MORE: Sir Keir vows ‘Labour will back People’s Vote’

MORE: Farage: I could deliver the government a ‘simple’ trade deal

MORE: Support, subscribe or advertise - how to back The New European

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Support The New European's vital role as a voice for the 48%

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

  • Become a friend of The New European for a contribution of £48. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish)
  • Become a partner of The New European for a contribution of £240. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook
  • Become a patron of The New European for a contribution of £480. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook and an A3 print of The New European front cover of your choice, signed by Editor Matt Kelly

By proceeding, you agree to the New Europeans supporters club Terms & Conditions which can be found here.



Supporter Options

Mention Me in The New European



If Yes, Name to appear in The New European



Latest Articles

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Grassroots anti-Brexit campaigners are increasing the pressure on politicians ahead of a series of important votes this year. Here is a list of the events organised across Britain in the coming weeks and months.

Trending

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy