Labour split as MPs demand EU deal ballot
Rebels defy Corbyn on second vote
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.