AN ESTIMATED 100 Labour MPs are poised to stage a Brexit rebellion of their own by plotting for a second referendum, according to reports.
As Theresa May begins the process of trying to find another way through Brexit, up to 100 Labour MPs will “pivot” to a second referendum today, Sky News has claimed. The move will ratchet up pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to endorse a second vote should his confidence vote fail. Mr Corbyn announced a no-confidence motion in the Government shortly after it suffered the worst Parliamentary defeat in UK history.
The Labour leader favours a General Election, and has been evasive when pressed about the possibility of a so-called 'People’s Vote'.
With the clock ticking down to March 29, the date set in law for Brexit, the UK is now ensnared in its deepest political crisis in half a century as it grapples with how, or even whether, to exit the European project which it joined in 1973.
More than 100 of Mrs May's own Conservative lawmakers - both Brexit backers and supporters of EU membership – joined forces to vote down the deal on Tuesday in a historic Commons defeat.
After Parliament voted 432-202 against Mrs May’s deal, the worst defeat in history, Mr Corbyn promptly called a vote of no confidence in May's Government.
It now believed the Labour leader’s MPs are gearing up to make the case for a second vote on the UK’s membership of the bloc - styled as a ‘People’s Vote’.
It is a policy favoured by the Labour Party membership and something Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, has not ruled out as an option.
A staggering 86 percent of Labour supporters back a second vote, according to a YouGov poll released last year.