Feb 25, 2019 - World

Labour Party backs possibility of another Brexit referendum

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

The U.K.'s Labour Party will back the idea of another "public vote" on Brexit, should its own Brexit plan fail in Parliament this week as expected, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC's Nick Robinson.

Why it matters: The party's internal briefing said the stance is necessary "in order to prevent a damaging [Brexit plan put forth by Prime Minister Theresa May] or no deal," adding that the vote would "need to have" an option for the U.K. to remain in the EU. Labour, which is the largest opposition party in Parliament, has faced internal tumult after 8 of its members resigned this month to form The Independent Group, citing the party's inconsistent Brexit strategy and allegations of anti-Semitism under leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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