Alastair Campbell: Second referendum ‘only way to resolve' Brexit crisis

Alastair Campbell

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Former Labour director of communications Alastair Campbell has said the Brexit developments today will make another referendum more likely.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s John Nicolson, the People’s Vote campaigner said he was “not keen” on the idea of another vote but believed Parliament was unable to resolve the deadlock.

He echoed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s calls for a confirmatory referendum in the unlikely event the bill passes through the Commons today.


Mr Campbell said: “The Prime Minister’s deal is dead and that opens up more opportunities, with all sorts of different ideas floating around, but at the end what we are going to see is Parliament will not come to a conclusion on this.

“I’m not keen on a second referendum but it is the only way we are going to resolve this and the only way to bring this thing to closure.

“Even if she does get her deal through I don’t think you will be able to bring the country together again unless that is put to the people in a confirmatory ballot of the public just to try to get through this thing.”



'Another desperate move'

Mr Campbell said he did not think many Labour MPs would be persuaded to vote for the deal this evening.

Theresa May was accused of "bribery" when she announced a £1.6bn fund for leave-voting Labour constituencies last month. 

Mr Campbell added: “There was a feeling that it was yet another desperate move that she suddenly popped up and said she was going to do something about poor areas in the north.”