14th Aug, 2020

MP Rachel Maclean takes aim at Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit 'ambiguity'

ON Monday, June 24, as I sat in the Chamber listening to Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the Prime Minister’s statement on last week’s EU Council, I heard him say something I don’t think he’s ever explicitly said before at the dispatch box, and that is there should be a second EU referendum…writes Redditch MP Rachel Maclean.

We know for three years now the Labour leader has been ambiguous about Labour’s Brexit position.

He’s been telling leave voters here in the Midlands one thing and telling remain voters in London something completely different.

Finally I think he’s been found out, as May’s European Parliamentary elections proved.

Being deliberately ambiguous might have worked for a while, but now voters want to know what the Leader of the Opposition’s Brexit policy actually is.

Well, all that changed on Monday when he said in no uncertain terms that a deal should be put back to the people. In other words, the people of Redditch got it wrong in 2016 when they voted for Brexit and therefore we’re going to have another vote so you can correct your mistake.

This is darn right patronising and an insult to the 62 per cent of voters in Redditch who voted to leave the European Union.

A vote for Labour is a vote for no Brexit at all.

My position is clear. I have never and will never support calls for a second referendum.

We must deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum and get out of the EU on or before October 31.

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch

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