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Labour says no to no-deal Brexit, yes to second referendum

Paul Hodgson | February 25, 2019

On Monday, the Labour Party announced it would push forward an amendment to the government’s Brexit motion—to be voted on by 12 March—that would make its "credible alternative plan" the U.K.’s Brexit negotiating position.

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will tell a meeting Monday night that the party will back the amendment to take no-deal off the table as well as either proposing or supporting a further amendment in favour of a public vote—a second referendum, in other words—to prevent what it calls a “damaging Tory Brexit.” In a press release making the announcement, Corbyn also said he would seek “to enshrine Labour’s five Brexit demands in law."

The Cooper-Letwin amendment was put forth by Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Conservative Oliver Letwin and proposes legislation for a delay to the U.K.’s exit date in order to avoid no-deal. It is something that Prime Minister Theresa May has strongly opposed.

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While May has been having unproductive talks...

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