Jeremy Corbyn: Second referendum could heal the UK

Jeremy Corbyn: Second referendum could heal the UK

Kerry Wise
May 10, 2019

Confirmation that the United Kingdom will take part in the election came earlier this week when the government admitted talks with Labour about how to leave the European Union meant it was unlikely to reach an agreement before polling day on May 25. "What we need is a bit of understanding", Corbyn said.

Laura Griffiths, a supporter of pro-Remain groupo For our Future's Sake (FFS) and vice-chairwoman of the Watford Constituency Labour Party, said: 'Young Labour members, supporters and voters will be once again disappointed in the continued confusion over our party's Brexit position, when we are so clear in our support for a confirmatory referendum.

But Corbyn said a second referendum could be the kind of "healing process" the country needed. "Some people seem to look at the issue the wrong way round - they seem to think the first question is leave or remain, as if that is an end in itself".

He said: "It's hard negotiating with a disintegrating government with cabinet ministers jockeying for the succession, rather than working for an agreement". "I think the first question is what sort of society do we want to be", he said, insisting the real divide was between "the many and the few".

"The talks we are having with the government have been hard because. the government is in some degree of disarray itself", he said.

Mr Corbyn pinned the blame on Theresa May's Government's "complete failure on Brexit".

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But to try to keep her deal alive, May entered into talks with Labour to try to find a way to get the necessary support to have it ratified by parliament.

"This is the second extended meeting between the government and the opposition, which demonstrates the seriousness with which both sides are approaching these talks", a spokesman for May's office said after the latest negotiations.

And according to reports in The Daily Telegraph, Mrs May could be willing to concede.

Referring to the option of having another Brexit referendum, Mr Corbyn said: 'I would want that to be seen as a healing process bringing this whole process to a conclusion.

"We voted to trigger Article 50 in 2017 and promised to respect the referendum in our general election manifesto and again at our party conference past year".

The party is taking its message to areas in which Labour would hope to make gains at a general election, which many at Westminster believe is highly likely in the coming year.