McDonnell: People's Vote is 'inevitable'

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 28 November 2018

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

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

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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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Kuenssberg asked: “It is inevitable that if a vote of no confidence didn’t bring down the government and a general election, it is inevitable, to use that word, that you just used, that there would be another vote?”

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.”

At Prime Minister’s Questions Theresa May called a People’s Vote a “betrayal of the many by the few”.

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