Kate Hoey: Labour to end up with ‘carefully crafted Brexit fudge’

Kate Hoey: Labour to end up with ‘carefully crafted Brexit fudge’

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Brexiteer Kate Hoey has said that the Labour Party will end up with a “carefully crafted fudge” on the issue of Brexit if they try to keep all sides of the party happy.

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to face pressure to commit Labour to a confirmatory referendum on any Brexit deal when his party's governing body meet later to agree its European election manifesto.

The ruling National Executive Committee is to gather on Tuesday for a crunch meeting to finalise the party's position on Brexit for next month's election.

Ms Hoey told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I think it is going to be a very heated NEC and probably will last quite a while.

“I do feel that Jeremy on this issue has held out very well for quite a long time.

“I know that he would really like to get us out so that Labour can left – if in government – to be able to make decisions that are nothing to do with the European Union.

“He is under increasing pressure, particularly now from trade unions.

“Today we will probably end up with a carefully crafted fudge that tries to keep both sides happy.”

Some 115 Labour MPs and MEPs signed a letter to NEC members organised by the Love Socialism, Hate Brexit group urging them to explicitly back a referendum in the manifesto.

Ms Hoey suggested that having a second referendum would be “a travesty of democracy”, especially if it does not include a no-deal Brexit option.

“The idea that we would end up with a referendum between the deal - which parliament has continually opposed because it is a bad deal and not properly leaving – and to Remain would be just such a travesty of democracy,” she said.

“We have had a referendum and we have not implemented it. There is absolutely no need to have another referendum until we implement the first one.”

The Labour MP for Vauxhall added: “I wish people would be much more honest, which means I have to give credit to the Liberal Democrats who have always had a position that they want to stay in the EU.”

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