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British opposition to support public vote on 'damaging Tory Brexit'


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The Labour Party will "put forward or support" an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a "damaging Tory Brexit," according to an official statement.
The decision comes just a month before the United Kingdom is slated to leave the European Union (EU) on March 29, honouring a referendum held in 2016 where 50 per cent of the British electorate voted to leave the EU.
"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. We cannot and will not accept," a statement issued by the Labour Party on Monday (local time) said while quoting its leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn, who will make the comments at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, further outlines, "We will also be backing the Cooper-Letwin amendment to rule out a No Deal outcome. 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."
"That's why, in line with our conference policy, we are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country," Corbyn states.
The announcement comes after UK Prime Minister Theresa May again delayed a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the British Parliament earlier this week, announcing that a "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal would be held on March 12.
Fears of a 'no-deal' Brexit are at an all-time high in the British Parliament, with no definite deal in sight as the scheduled withdrawal date draws near. Several MPs have either defected or outlined their intent to resign from May's Conservative Party if the new deal does not match up to the Parliament's expectations. There are also calls from within the Parliament to delay the impending exit in order to clinch a better deal with the EU.
The British Parliament had rejected the earlier version of the Brexit deal, previously agreed upon by May and the EU due to the issue of the Irish backstop. May's team will be visiting Brussels on Tuesday to hold discussions regarding the backstop, in a bid to present a more acceptable deal in front of the Parliament on March 12.

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First Published: Feb 26 2019 | 7:10 AM IST

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