LABOUR’S shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has admitted that in the event of there being a second Brexit referendum Britain would still vote to leave the European Union.
The Labour frontbencher warned that those wanting a second Brexit vote should “be careful what they wish for” as she admitted “Leave would win again”. Ms Abbott was asked by BBC Any Questions? host Jonathan Dimbleby how she would vote in the event of a second Brexit referendum. In response, she said: “On the question of a second referendum, I wouldn’t reject it out of hand but people, I keep saying this, people should be careful what they wish for.
“My suspicion is that if we had a second referendum tomorrow, Leave would win again.
“And there would also be a lot of very annoyed Leave voters. So, I don’t think it is a kind of silver bullet.”
The Labour frontbencher also said, in the event of a second Brexit vote, she would still choose to stay in the European Union.
Ms Abbott said: “I voted to Remain in the last referendum even though I have an immaculate record on voting against further measures of EU integration. And I would vote to Remain in a second referendum.”
The veteran Labour MP also admitted she would not “reject” the idea of extending Article 50 – insisting “it is an option” that could be taken should the Prime Minister’s deal get rejected next week.