Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Corbyn Backs Second Referendum After Commons Rejects Labour's Brexit Amendments

Corbyn Backs Second Referendum After Commons Rejects Labour's Brexit Amendments

"The government's policy is to get the legally binding changes so a deal can be brought back to this house. and we can leave on March 29 with a deal", May said ahead of the vote. Should the EU-27 grant this, both the Commons and Lords must also vote to allow the now legally binding exit date of March 29 to be changed.

She stressed that she personally opposes extending the Brexit deadline, and said "the United Kingdom remains on course to leave the European Union with a deal" if lawmakers "hold their nerve".

In a rare moment of unity, MPs approved without a vote an amendment seeking to protect the rights of 3.6 million Europeans living in Britain, and more than one million Britons living in EU countries.

Brexit has been delayed whilst Mrs May works towards a deal for the United Kingdom ahead of a scheduled leave date of 29 March 2019.

"My amendment does not deal in goods or services, backstops or borders, but people, living and breathing, skin and bone", said its author, Conservative MP Alberto Costa.

Mr Corbyn told MPs Labour accepts the referendum result, but not prime minister Theresa May's deal. However, if the UK Parliament cannot make up its mind by then over May's deal, no deal, and an Article 50 extension, attention will turn to March 21 and 22, which, so late in the day, could see a frenzied last week of political brinkmanship.

"I am going to speak out on anti-Semitism for as long as it takes to root it out and deal with it", he said.

A new party backed by Nigel Farage, the insurgent who helped shove Britain towards the European Union exit, has a message for the country's leaders: The foundations of the political system will explode if Brexit is betrayed.

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MPs also rejected a Scottish National Party amendment to rule out a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances and at any time by a margin of 288-324.

Elsewhere, an emergency motion was passed in Diane Abbott's Hackney North constituency, noting "with increasing alarm the acceptance of the "fact" that the Labour party is "institutionally antisemitic" by not only the media, but the right wing of the parliamentary Labour party".

British businesses welcomed the prospect of a Brexit delay.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain would have to have a good reason.

Rather than the Brexit referendum cauterizing the wounds of Euroscepticism and Europhile, it has just deepened them and caused them to fester.

The Office for National Statistics said Thursday that though the number of European Union citizens coming into Britain continues to add to the population, the difference between those coming into the country and those leaving fell in the year to September 2018 to 57,000, its lowest level since 2009. "That's why Labour will put forward or support an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit".

If parliament agreed to a second referendum, Britain would have to ask for an extension beyond March 29 to allow enough time for a campaign, probably by withdrawing its Article 50 formal departure notification. "We need decisions", he said at a joint news conference in Paris with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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