Labour hints at delaying Brexit if Parliament rejects deal

General Election: Labour vows to guarantee EU national rights if they win

The pledge was unveiled by shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Labour's Brexit chief has suggested the split from the EU could be delayed if MPs reject the deal negotiated with Brussels.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has promised MPs a vote on the deal struck with the EU, and said Britain would "go back to the negotiating table" and seek a fresh agreement if lawmakers deemed it unsatisfactory.

He told Radio 4's Today programme: “What we want to do is to have reporting back during the two years and a vote which means they [MPs] can reject the deal and that means that the UK negotiators go back to the negotiating table.

“Now that is difficult. I hope, because we will have built in the report back mechanism and taken parliament with us, we wouldn’t reach that stage.”

Starmer has also vowed to guarantee the rights of EU nationals if Jeremy Corbyn wins the upcoming general election. 

He said Labour wants to take a different direction to Theresa May over Brexit, and explained that Labour would replace the Great Repeal Bill - which would repeal the European Communities Act - with an EU Rights and Protections Bill. 

In the past, the Labour Party has been criticised for supposedly lacking a clear approach to Brexit.