JEREMY CORBYN faces a bitter Shadow Cabinet revolt unless he backs a People’s Vote by March, Labour’s Brexit chief revealed.
As a bitter civil war erupted, Sir Keir Starmer said that if the PM rejected the Labour leader’s call for a “closer” relationship with the EU, he had no choice but to back a People’s Vote.
The comments directly oppose Mr Corbyn’s stated goal of seeking a general election.
Sir Keir told the BBC: “We said in September that if there wasn’t a general election then the option of a public vote had to be on the table.
“I have said in the last few weeks that in reality for the Labour party the only credible options now left are a close economic relationship – that’s the sort of relationship we spelt out in the letter to the Prime Minister last week – or a public vote.”
The incendiary intervention follows a similar argument from Labour deputy leader Tom Watson at the weekend.
And People’s Vote supporter Neil Coyle launched an astonishing public blast at Mr Corbyn.
Taking to Twitter he said: “Members leaving in their thousands over Brexit. Councillors quitting. MPs will leave.
“Anti-Semitism continues in your name. Only you can change all this.”
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And Sir Keir deepened the rift by refusing to deny claims his call for a People’s Vote in Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to the PM had been deleted by the leader’s aides.
Two of them, Seumas Milne and Andrew Fisher, accompanied Sir Keir to talks with Theresa May’s de-facto Deputy PM David Lidington today.
Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman yesterday insisted an early election remained the party’s “preferred option”.
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