Labour MPs in pro-Brexit seats have warned Jeremy Corbyn that backing a second referendum would be “toxic” to the bedrock of the party’s supporters.
Twenty-six MPs have signed a letter urging the Labour leader to “put the national interest first” and back a deal before October 31. They also warned that a no-deal outcome would “alienate” many who supported the party at the last general election.
Rother Valley MP Sir Kevin Barron, Burnley’s Julie Cooper, Don Valley’s Caroline Flint, and Rotherham’s Sarah Champion are among the signatories to the letter.
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We urge the party to put the national interest first, to back a deal before October 31.
The letter comes after reports that Corbyn may be about to change his party’s Brexit policy. A Labour Party spokesperson said:
As Jeremy said after the EU election results, he’s engaging in a process of consultation on our Brexit position
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