Jeremy Corbyn moves closer to second referendum as ‘only way out’ of Brexit crisis
Jeremy Corbyn has moved Labour closer to offering a second Brexit referendum if they win power, saying it is the "only way out" of the crisis.
Following mounting pressure on the Labour leader to back a public vote after the party suffered heavy losses in last week's EU elections, Mr Corbyn has seemingly relented to Remain campaigners.
He said that going "back to the people" was now the only option when faced with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and an incoming Tory prime minister "with no mandate".
However, he stopped short of saying a second vote would be between Leave and Remain - hinting that it could be on a deal versus no-deal.
Divisions within Labour were further exposed by the decision to expel Alastair Campbell, one of the architects of New Labour, for voting for the Liberal Democrats in protest at his own party's Brexit policy. He broke party rules which meant he was "auto-expelled".
Labour has sought to appeal to both Leave voters in its northern seats and Remainers in London and other cities, but lost half its MEPs and took just a 14% vote share as support switched to the clear alternatives offered by the Brexit Party and pro-EU Lib Dems and Greens.
'Not a re-run of 2016'
The Irish Times reported Mr Corbyn told reporters in Dublin that a second referendum would not be a "re-run of 2016", but "would be on a negotiated deal or alternatives to that".
Asked if it would not be another "in-out" referendum, Mr Corbyn said: "It would be on the basis of whatever we have succeeded in negotiating."
Labour MP Bridget Phillipson, who supports a referendum, said Mr Corbyn was "at last beginning to listen to what our voters and members are saying" but there is "no immediate prospect of a general election" so the party should throw its weight behind the People's Vote campaign.
Meanwhile, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson said he would push for an all-member ballot to shift the party's Brexit policy.
Mr Corbyn said the Tory leadership contest - and the prospect of a "no-deal zealot" becoming Prime Minister - meant the issue had to go to the public.
And in a sign that he would be prepared to work with Tory moderates to prevent a no-deal Brexit, possibly by tabling a confidence motion to bring down the Government, Mr Corbyn said he would do "whatever is necessary".
He said: "Labour will work with anyone across party boundaries and do whatever is necessary to stop a disastrous no-deal outcome, which would open the way for a frenzy of deregulation and a race to the bottom in jobs, rights and protections.
"But faced with the threat of no deal and a prime minister with no mandate, the only way out of the Brexit crisis ripping our country apart is now to go back to the people.
"Let the people decide the country's future, either in a general election or through a public vote on any deal agreed by parliament.
"For Labour any outcome has to work for our whole country, not just one side of this deliberately inflamed divide."
'No more project fear'
Eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said the European election results show that Britons have rejected "project fear".
In an article for The Sun, the North East Somerset MP said: "In truth, the fears are like the supposed Millennium Bug, a fantasy of fevered minds.
"After all, with £39 billion, free-flowing trade and cheaper imports, as former Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Lilley has said: 'It is not crashing out, it is cashing in'."
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