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Right-wing Labour MPs including Stephen Kinnock, Gloria de Piero and around 38 others are calling for Jeremy Corbyn not to “torpedo” Brexit talks by insisting on a second referendum.

The demand contradicts Labour Party policy as agreed at the party’s conference last year and is certain to infuriate grassroots members if the leader accepts it.

This Writer questions the reasons for the demand.

Is it an attempt to make Theresa May’s version of Brexit more likely? That would be one in which the UK becomes a tax haven on the edge of the EU, with no workers’ rights, no environmental protections, a privatised health service owned by US companies and chlorinated chicken for our meals.

Is it an attempt by right-wingers to sabotage Labour’s chances in the forthcoming elections? The party is putting forward candidates in the European and local elections and a U-turn on Brexit policy would certainly harm the high poll ratings Labour is currently enjoying.

The party’s right-wing MPs have a nearly-four-year history of attacking Mr Corbyn; they seem to consider the creation of a party that works for the good of the whole nation to be a personal affront to their own selfish career ambitions.

Source: Labour MPs to urge Jeremy Corbyn not to ‘torpedo’ Brexit deal | Politics | The Guardian

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