It's official, Labour now back a second Brexit referendum

Jeremy Corbyn To Back Second Brexit Referendum In New Commons Bid To Prevent ‘Damaging’ Tory

Those involved in talks said the Labour leadership was in favour of a redrafted amendment proposed by backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, which would see the party abstain on the Brexit deal if a second referendum were promised on those terms.

The timing itself seemed incredibly hasty, because many in Westminster had predicted a split in Labour would happen after Brexit, allowing disaffected MPs from both sides of the European Union debate to leave the party.

Labour's five proposals were rejected 323 to 240, indicating growing opposition to having the United Kingdom remain in a customs union with the European Union.

Goldman Sachs analysts said in a note the chances of a no-deal Brexit were now 10%, down from 15%, while they raised the probability of an extension to Article 50 from 50% to 55%.

Last week, eight Labour MPs left the party to join the Independent Group, with many - including Jewish MP Luciana Berger - citing antisemitism as their reason for defecting.

Among others selected include one which calls on the government to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal and one which seeks to put into law May's promise that by mid-March parliament will have chance to either back her deal, a no-deal exit, or a delay to Brexit.

"The Prime Minister is recklessly running down the clock, in an attempt to force MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous No Deal". She said: "I think the British public want us to get on with this and sort out a deal that works".

A large number of Labour seats backed Leave in the June 2016 referendum.

In the Labour party, many suspect that the leader of the party has stayed true to his Eurosceptic roots and, despite protestations, is keen for Brexit to happen over the (current) wishes of the vast majority of his party.

There is also hope that Conservative MPs will start to come out publicly for a second vote now that Labour have fallen behind it.

A delay would increase the chances of a reversal of Brexit, especially as the opposition Labour Party is tilting towards supporting another referendum. That means, rapidly and firmly, backers of another referendum will push the party to support another public vote very quickly.

First, they should vote to extend - or, preferably, withdraw - the UK's Article 50 notice to quit, on the grounds that the risk of an accidental no-deal Brexit is now intolerably high, and the lack of adequate preparation would make it a disaster.

Meanwhile, the Sheffield Hallam CLP passed a motion expressing solidarity with suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson, claiming he was "falsely accused of antisemitism".

Well at least no-deal looks to be off the table...

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If her deal is voted down, May has promised that lawmakers will get a chance to vote the day after on whether to leave with no deal and then on March 14 to vote on asking the European Union to delay the deadline.

However, an amendment from the backbench Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, did pass after it received support from ministers.

He then added: 'But, of course, we could do without the anti-Semitism because it allows you to ask me that question on the Today programme.

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