The Independent (UK) A fresh referendum on Brexit will become necessary if increasingly divided MPs cannot agree on any departure plan, Labour’s deputy leader has suggested.
British Labour Party’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson said the current “chaos” – after the resignation of both Boris Johnson and David Davis in just 24 hours – raised the prospect of deadlock in parliament later in the year.
“It is conceivable that there is no majority position for any deal in the current arrangements in parliament,” he said.
“So, even though we’d prefer a meaningful vote in parliament – and I have said many, many times it’s highly, highly, highly unlikely we will support a people’s vote, and we have not called for it – we haven’t taken that off the table.
“Because there are a rare set of circumstances where parliament just can’t make a decision on it and, in those circumstances, you’d keep your options open.”
Mr Watson, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Todayprogramme, repeated that it was “highly, highly unlikely we’ll go down that route”.
Nevertheless, the anti-Brexit Best for Britain group seized on the comments as further evidence that the prospect of a “people’s vote” was growing.
“His words add to a growing chorus of people disillusioned with Brexit who want to take back control of a process trapped in the political channels of government and parliament,” said Eloise Todd, its chief executive.