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Sadiq Khan suggests Labour may back second referendum on Brexit

  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested Labour may back a second referendum on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
  • Mr Khan hinted he would press for a commitment to a further national vote – on whether to accept any Brexit deal reached – to be included in the next election manifesto.
  • But Mr Khan said it was “possible” Labour’s next manifesto would offer voters the chance to reverse the Brexit referendum verdict.
  • A previous version of this story stated Mr Khan had explicitly called for a second referendum on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, but the Mayor’s team has insisted this was not the case.
  • Before the June election, Mr Corbyn appeared to flirt with offering a referendum on the Brexit deal, before eventually stepping back.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested Labour may back a second referendum on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Mr Khan hinted he would press for a commitment to a further national vote – on whether to accept any Brexit deal reached – to be included in the next election manifesto. The vow came as Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s former leader in Scotland, said the public had the right to have its say in a second referendum.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested Labour may back a second referendum on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Mr Khan hinted he would press for a commitment to a further national vote – on whether to accept any Brexit deal reached – to be included in the next election manifesto.

The vow came as Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s former leader in Scotland, said the public had the right to have its say in a second referendum.

Meanwhile, Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s election chief, and a Corbyn ally, refused to rule out a further vote, saying: “Who knows where we will be at the end of this process?”

At Labour’s conference, there were also claims that John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, had left open the prospect of a further referendum, at a private meeting with business leaders.

Mr Corbyn has tried to keep a lid on Labour’s Brexit divisions, sparking fury when Labour MPs were denied a vote on permanent membership of the single market.

But Mr Khan said it was “possible” Labour’s next manifesto would offer voters the chance to reverse the Brexit referendum verdict.

“I’d have my tuppence worth as Mayor of London,” he told the London Evening Standard, making clear he feared no Brexit deal would be struck that would be good enough to accept…

Sadiq Khan suggests Labour may back second referendum on Brexit