Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Labour rules out second Brexit referendum

Labour rules out second Brexit referendum

Mr Corbyn also suggested that his party's manifesto for the 8 June General Election might be ready by the end of next month, barely a fortnight before voting.

The three-time general election victor confirmed earlier this week that he intends to vote for Labour on Thursday, June 8, but said the party is destined for failure unless it makes holding the government to account over Brexit the most important issue in its campaign.

ICM interviewed 2,024 adults between April 21 and 24.

And there were signs that his strategy launch was being snubbed by the Labour leadership when a list of election priorities sent to Labour MPs was leaked, revealing that Brexit did not appear anywhere in the top "lines to take".

Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said that, if elected, his party would guarantee EU nationals living Britain the right to remain in the United Kingdom after the split, and would be open to retaining the benefits of the EU's single market and customs union.

Among a Labour government's first moves in the negotiations would be to tell European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom they could keep all their current rights after Brexit-a break with May's strategy of waiting for a the same guarantee about the rights of United Kingdom citizens on the continent before doing so.

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said: "Under Theresa May's strong and stable leadership, we recently set out a clear plan to build more affordable housing - and the number of housing starts is up by three-quarters since 2010".

The final PMQs before polling day comes on the same day as Labour announces its NHS policy of ending the Tories' pay freeze on NHS staff.

Most Labour lawmakers - and most Conservatives, including May - argued before last year's referendum that Britain should remain in the EU.

At the same time, Labour's Keir Starmer - tipped as a successor to Jeremy Corbyn - is promising a new approach to Brexit, including guaranteed rights for European Union nationals in the UK. "But we don't accept that Brexit has to mean whatever Theresa May says it means".

Labour has to campaign on holding government to account on Brexit, says former United Kingdom prime minister.

"The election on 8 June is a choice.between a Conservative government for the few and a Labour government that will stand up for all of our people", he said.

"That is why I will be fighting to earn every vote I can in this election, because every vote I receive will strengthen my hand as I negotiate with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of Europe".

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