‘People’s Vote should not include Remain option,’ says union boss

PUBLISHED: 15:57 23 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:57 23 September 2018

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey believes a second referendum should not include an option to remain in the EU
Photo: PA / Danny Lawson

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey believes a second referendum should not include an option to remain in the EU Photo: PA / Danny Lawson

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Union baron Len McCluskey has bizarrely claimed that any second referendum should not include an option to stay in the EU.

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The Unite boss added yet more confusion to Labour’s Brexit position just hours after leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would back a People’s Vote.

Corbyn said that although it was not his preferred option if delegates at conference in Liverpool voted in favour he would accept it.

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But Red Len added: “The referendum shouldn’t be on, ‘do you want to go back in the European Union’. The people have already decided on that. We very rarely have referendums in this country, the people have decided against my wishes and my union’s wishes, but they have decided.

“So if the parliamentarians, if spineless Tory MPs, lose the courage of their convictions and won’t vote against whatever deal comes back, then my union and Labour’s policy at the moment is to say, ‘well, if you are incapable of carrying out your functions in parliament, we should take the deal back to the people’.”

A new YouGov poll has shown that 90% of Labour members want a rerun of the 2016 referendum and delegates will decide today whether conference will get to vote on the matter.

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