Labour will back an amendment for a second Brexit referendum to avoid “a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country,” Corbyn announces

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party, is set to tell his party on Monday evening that they will back a move for a second referendum on the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union in the coming weeks.

“One way or another, we will do everything in our power to prevent no deal and oppose a damaging Tory Brexit based on Theresa May’s overwhelmingly rejected deal,” he said.

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This is in the PLP brief that has just gone out to all Labour MPs, makes it pretty clear that remain would be on the ballot for any second referendum pic.twitter.com/y8dj1h39nw

— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) February 25, 2019

“That’s why, in line with our conference policy, we are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favor of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country.”

Corbyn will also tell his Members of Parliament (MPs) that Labour will table their own amendment outlining five demands to British Prime Minister Theresa May which will act as conditions to the opposition party backing her Brexit deal. These demands are believed to include the UK permanently remaining in the customs union.

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Labour to table amendment to make its credible alternative plan the UK’s Brexit negotiating position – @jeremycorbyn https://t.co/FSrX6kREgr

— Labour Press Team (@labourpress) February 25, 2019

It is not thought that Labour will put forward its own effort at a second referendum at the vote scheduled in the British parliament for this Wednesday, instead concentrating on their own Brexit deal demands and the Labour version of the Brexit deal.

If the demand amendment is defeated this week, Labour will likely back a second referendum amendment at the next opportunity. This is thought to take place by March 12.

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British Labour leader and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn (C) with the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Sir Keir Starmer KCB QC (L) and the Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales the Baroness Sharmishta Chakrabarti, CBE, PC (R). Thierry Monasse/Getty Images