Jeremy Corbyn was just asked how he’d vote in a second Brexit referendum
Jeremy Corbyn this morning refused to say whether he would vote to stay in the EU or leave in a second referendum.
It came as Unite union boss ruled out backing ‘remain’ being an option on the ballot for any new referendum on the deal.
Both Corbyn and deputy leader Tom Watson last night pledged to back another referendum, if members at this week’s Labour Party Conference voted for it.
But asked how he would vote by the BBC’s Andrew Marr, he wouldn’t give a clear answer.
He said: "That’s conjecture as to what the question would be.
"In the referendum I wanted to remain and reform the EU. 40% of Labour voters voted to leave, 60% voted to remain.
“But do you know what? None of them voted to lose their job. None of them voted to have lower food standards. They all wanted a better economic performance for this country.
“The cry of many areas who voted leave was that they’re fed up by the way they’ve been treated by governments in this country.”
Meanwhile, The leader of Unite said any second vote on Brexit should not be asking if the public want to stay in the EU.
"We have already had a people’s vote – they voted to come out of the EU," said Len McCluskey.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live it would be wrong for Labour to start campaigning for a second referendum.
He joined the chorus of union and Labour figures calling for a general election, saying a Government led by Jeremy Corbyn would strike a deal with EU leaders that would unite the nation.
He told the Pienaar’s Politics show: "We have a Government that cannot govern. We desperately need a general election."
Mr Corbyn said: "We’re having a debate at our conference, and we will come to a conclusion on that.
"Our preference is that we will demand our six tests against the government and our preference would be for a general election so we can negotiate our future with Europe.
"But let’s see what comes out of conference. We’re a democratic party. We’re very big. It’s the biggest conference we’ve ever had."
Labour Party Conference 2018
Asked if he would feel bound by what conference decides, Mr Corbyn said: “Obviously. I’m there elected as a leader of this party.
“I was elected as the leader in order to bring greater democracy of this party, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing over the last three years.”
“There will be a clear vote in conference. I don’t know what’s going to come out of all the compositing meetings that are going on.”
Asked if he would vote down the Prime Minister’s deal, even if it plunged us towards no deal, he said: “We would vote it down if it didn’t meet our tests, in order to send the government, if it’s still in office, straight back to the negotiating table.
“And if there’s a general election and we’re in office, we would go straight to the negotiating table, because we want to protect jobs and industry in this country. We want to ensure there is a good, effective trade relationship with Europe in the future.”
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