Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has said that “Brexit can be stopped”, despite Jeremy Corbyn telling German publication Der Spiegal that it was too far gone in a direct contradiction.
“Brexit can be stopped. But the real question is, what are the decisions we’re going to face over the next few weeks and months?
“Decision one is on the deal; decision two is – if the deal goes down – should there be a general election? And decision three is – if there’s no general election – all options must be on the table, including the option of a public vote.
“That’s the clear position and Jeremy’s signed up to that, I’m signed up to that, and that was the position that was passed at Labour Party conference.”
Starmer inisted that Corbyn’s comments were “how he approached the referendum”, and explained that “the whole of the Labour Party” is behind their Brexit policy, which is to support a new referendum if parliament rejects a deal with the EU.
Labour has stated that they will vote against a Brexit deal if it doesn’t meet their six tests for an agreement.
Junior shadow Brexit minister, Jenny Chapman, tried to clear up the contradictions, telling Sky News that “anything can be stopped, I suppose, theoretically”. She added that the party “respect the outcome of the referendum”.