Labour split as MPs de­mand EU deal bal­lot

Rebels defy Cor­byn on sec­ond vote

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY DAN BLOOM & ANDREW GRE­GORY dan.bloom @mir­

FOUR Labour MPs last night piled pres­sure on Jeremy Cor­byn by de­mand­ing a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum.

The rebels broke with their leader’s pol­icy of not calling for a fresh pub­lic vote on leav­ing the EU.

Mersey­side MPs Al ison Mc­Gov­ern, Lu­ciana Berger, Maria Ea­gle and Louise Ell­man in­sist Brexit would be “cat­a­strophic” for Labour’s north­ern heart­lands and the NHS.

With Liver­pool mayor Joe An­der­son, they signed a let­ter calling for Theresa May’s fi­nal deal to be put to the pub­lic. They wrote: “We need look no fur­ther than the words of Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp, who said, ‘Let’s think about it again and let’s vote with the right in­for­ma­tion.’ “We be­lieve there should be a Peo­ple’s Vote on the Brexit deal.” The Com­mons will vote later this year. But the rebels said Brexit was “too big a deal for just 650 MPs in Lon­don to de­cide”. Five Labour MPs in the North East last week also called for a pub­lic vote. There are fears the PM’s EU With­drawal Bill may not be passed be­fore MPs leave for their sum­mer break due to the large num­ber of amend­ments by peers. But Mrs May de­nied re­ports of a U-turn over the cus­toms union.

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