Tuesday 30 April 2019


Labour's National Executive Committee has decided to back a second referendum going into the European Elections.  Sort of.  The NEC have agreed to include it on campaign literature, but would only actually commit to it on two conditions - if there are no changes to May's deal and/or no general election.  Talk about a fudge!

The deliberately misleading policy is open to all sorts of interpretation and is clearly aimed at retaining Labour Leave voters.  A spokesperson confirmed this tactic by stating that "Labour is the only party which represents both people who supported Leave and Remain".  All things to all people!

The decision will anger many Remainer MPs and MEPs who have been demanding that the party campaigns on a second referendum as a concrete unconditional pledge.  Some MPs welcomed the news, others said it didn't go far enough, while others denounced any talk of a second referendum whatsoever.  Former Labour frontbencher Lisa Nandy hammered remoaner Alastair Campbell on Politics Live earlier today.  The Wigan MP accused Campbell and the so-called 'People's Vote' campaign of "breaking democracy".  Watch below.

Labour Brexiteer Graham Stringer also issued this strong condemnation of the proposal.

Don't worry too much Graham, whatever they decide it will probably be reversed within weeks of the election!

Graham Stringer is the Labour MP for Blackley & Broughton in Greater Manchester.