“Don’t lecture this side on what is problematic about the EU. We campaigned in the referendum on remain and reform, and we do not resile from the point that there are aspects of the EU that needed reform.”
Ms Abbott’s statement is sure to rile up staunch Labour Remainers such as shadow Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer, who earlier this week suggested a second Brexit vote could be the only way to stop a no deal scenario from happening.
With the Prime Minister widely expected to lose the “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal next week, Sir Keir is believed to have argued that an extension to Article 50 and a second referendum are the only viable options left to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU.
But Labour sources told The Times: “We have to take the parliamentary party with us and there are people who are nervous about a second referendum.
Sir Keir said for the first time on Thursday that extending article 50 “may well be inevitable now given the position we are in,” which goes against his party’s official position.
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