Labour 'could back Brexit in a People's Vote', frontbencher claims

PUBLISHED: 13:38 30 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:51 30 May 2019

Shami Chakrabarti. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA.

Shami Chakrabarti. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA.

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A Labour frontbencher may not campaign in support of a Remain vote if a People's Vote was held, Shami Chakrabarti claimed.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Chakrabarti said that a public vote - a general election or a People's Vote - would be a "reluctant means of breaking a deadlock".

When asked if Labour would back Remain, she said it would "depend on what the deal was" and would be decided by voters in a general election.

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She said that backing was "not what had been agreed". She suggested instead that voters could instead be asked to back the party's own version of Brexit.

She said: "We didn't win the election and we couldn't get our deal or anything like it through parliament. Parliament is split. A general election or a public vote would now be the means of breaking the deadlock.

"As to whether we would take one line or another in a referendum that would depend on what the deal was.

"Was it going to be a Labour deal with the closest possible relationship with Europe or was it going to be a deal that we thought was going to be less than satisfactory."

Chakrabarti added that the party had made clear it would "honour the referendum" at the last election.

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