21st Oct, 2019

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean says 'no' to Labour's proposal of a second referendum

Harry Leach 26th Feb, 2019 Updated: 26th Feb, 2019

REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has dismissed the idea of a ‘People’s Vote’ after it was revealed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would back a second referendum to ‘stop a Tory no-deal Brexit’.

Mr Corbyn is backing moves for a fresh poll, which will include remain on the ballot paper, if Labour fail to get its own version of a Brexit deal passed this week.

“It’s now abundantly clear Labour have no intention of delivering Brexit,” said Mrs Maclean, “Have they forgotten that 62% of voters in Redditch voted to leave the European Union in 2016?

“They’ve completely trashed their own manifesto which stated they would honour the result.

“Clearly Labour think they know better than my constituents and want to overturn what happened in 2016.”

Mr Corbyn has previously said Prime Minister Theresa May is ‘recklessly running down the clock’ in an attempt to ‘force MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous no-deal’.

Labour will move to back another vote if their own proposed Brexit deal, which includes a ‘close alignment with the single market’, is rejected in Parliament on Wednesday, February 27.

Mrs Maclean added: “It’s my duty to deliver the Brexit the people of Redditch voted for and I am unwavering in the commitment I made to my constituents when I was first elected in 2017.”

Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for Redditch, Rebecca Jenkins, believes there’s nothing wrong with the idea of a second referendum.

She said: “If the amendment is rejected it is right that Labour does everything possible to stop a damaging Tory Brexit or leaving with no deal.

“In order to do this Labour will support a public vote.

“But the public vote must present people with a credible leave option as well as the option to remain.

“While Redditch voted leave it is imperative that in the process of leaving we protect jobs, the economy and workers rights.”

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