BREXIT: A second referendum is the most likely outcome if an agreement on Brexit can’t be reached …
If Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn can’t reach an agreement on Brexit, a second referendum is said to be the most likely outcome. Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald suggested that the two were unlikely to find a compromise, meaning the only option left would be another vote. Speaking on the Today programme, he said: “My view is if our proposition was accepted in its totality I think the argument for a public vote in those circumstances reduces.”
“The reality is that is not on the table, so I think we’re looking at options that would warrant a People’s Vote in those circumstances.” “We’ve got to look at the offer on the table at the moment and what we’re looking at is Theresa May’s deal or no deal.”
He admitted there was ‘divergence of opinion’ between the two leaders, who are having talks on Brexit to try and break the current deadlock in parliament, where no way forward can get a majority.
Labour’s key demand is for a customs union with Brussels in order to protect the flow of goods, but Brexiteers vehemently oppose anything that would restrict the UK’s ability to strike free trade deals through being bound by tariffs set by the EU. In a video message filmed at her Chequers country retreat, Mrs May said: ‘There are lots of things on which I disagree with the Labour Party on policy issues. “But on Brexit I think there are some things we agree on: ending free movement, ensuring we leave with a good deal, protecting jobs, protecting security.”
“And so we are talking. Can we find a way through this that ensures that we can get a good deal and a deal agreed through Parliament?” “It’ll mean compromise on both sides but I believe that delivering Brexit is the most important thing for us.” The Prime Minister heads to Brussels on Wednesday for an emergency summit aimed at securing a further delay to Brexit. If no extension is agreed then the UK is set to leave without a deal on Friday.