New call for vote on Brexit treaty

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

A TORY donor has called for a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum as left-wing group Mo­men­tum said it would con­sult its mem­bers on what stance to take on EU with­drawal.

For­mer Rolls-Royce chair­man Sir Si­mon Robert­son in­sisted he is “deeply de­pressed” at the tone of the Brexit de­bate and wants a new vote on any exit deal agreed with Brus­sels.

He told the Ob­server: “I think it is com­plete balder­dash to say the peo­ple have spo­ken, there­fore you can’t go back – why can’t we have an­other vote on it?

“We had a bril­liant deal with Europe. We had an opt-out on ever-closer union.”

The com­ments came as the Jeremy Cor­byn-sup­port­ing grass-roots cam­paign group Mo­men­tum an­nounced it would ask mem­bers later in the year if a Brexit deal should be voted down if it does not meet the six pre­req­ui­sites set out by Labour.

The group said it is tak­ing no po­si­tion on any Brexit mo­tions at the up­com­ing Labour con­fer­ence, where Mr Cor­byn is ex­pected to come un­der pres­sure to back a “peo­ple’s vote” on with­drawal terms.

Mo­men­tum’s na­tional co-or­di­na­tor Laura Parker said: “We will, like other or­gan­i­sa­tions from the Labour move­ment, be ask­ing our mem­bers what they think about the is­sue.”

Labour tests for a Brexit deal in­clude calls for any with­drawal agree­ment to de­liver the same ben­e­fits as the sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union, and a fair mi­gra­tion sys­tem.

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