Shadow Brexit secretary contradicts Corbyn’s recent remarks and reaffirms second referendum option
The UK’s departure from the EU still can be halted, Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, has insisted, as he contradicted Jeremy Corbyn and reiterated the party’s position of keeping open the option of a second referendum.
Starmer rejected the Labour leader’s view, expressed to a German newspaper on Friday, that the only decisions remaining were on what sort of Brexit to implement. He told Sky News: “Brexit can be stopped – but the real question is what are the decisions we are going to face over the next few weeks and months.”
In the run-up to another crucial week for Theresa May on the Brexit process, the Labour clarification on a second referendum followed the decision of the rail minister, Jo Johnson, to quit the government on Friday, and also back this option.
On Monday, Justine Greening, the former education secretary, condemned what a “failure of leadership” by the Conservatives and Labour on Brexit, predicting that the prime minister’s plan had no chance of being passed by parliament.