After today's Labour Party NEC decision, the Labour Party EU election manifesto will contain the option of the UK holding a second referendum.
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The Labour Party National Executive Committee has decided to include the option of holding a second EU referendum in the UK under certain circumstances.
Basically, the idea is that, if they can't get the Tory government to change the current Political Declaration to their liking or force a general election, then Labour will back holding a public vote.
But those like the party's deputy leader Tom Watson, wanted a confirmatory vote under all circumstances, while one suspects that Jeremy Corbyn wanted no second vote at all.
And the Labour NEC decision has wound up people across the party.
Labour MEP Mary Honeyball Tweeted using the hashtag StopBrexit 2019:
"Looks like Labour NEC has agreed business as usual. Not good enough. Labour needs strong #Remain policy and to campaign for #PeoplesVote in order not to lose votes to strong #Remain parties. NEC didn’t even say they support #Remain on the ballot paper."
While Labour MP Gloria De Piero Tweeted:
"Labour's manifesto for the European Parliament will not contain a pledge to hold a second Brexit referendum.
"The party's ruling national executive committee agreed that another nationwide poll should only be "an option" if it cannot force a general election."
Which drew comments like:
"Clear as mud. Very Corbyn."
"How sad to see Labour disappearing as an option."
"genius stuff…..how to lose votes and alienate people."
As well as:
"Labour definitely siding with Farage. This is utterly shameful!"
But Labour MP Wes Streeting put it another way, Tweeting:
"Glad the NEC has made the right call and confirmed that a public vote will be in our manifesto for the European elections. We’re a Party for remain and it’s right that everyone – leavers and remainers – should be given the #finalsay on our Brexit future."
And the commenters said things like:
"No Wes; it's a Leave manifesto that doesn't commit to a People's Vote. Not enough."
and from another:
"Oh, stop spinning."
And Labour MPs like Stephen Doughty, Meg Hillier and Rosie Duffield took the same stance as Wes Streeting and got much the same responses.
To put it bluntly, the Labour party is in as much trouble over Brexit as the Tories are and is haemorrhaging support too.
And there are even reports that the labour deputy leader, Tom Watson, stormed out of a shadow cabinet meeting today because Jeremy Corbyn's team wouldn't hand out hard copies of their draft EU election manifesto.
This is something Mr Watson denies.
But it does sound like Labour is definitely today's party of fudge, doesn't it?
So, it looks like both the Conservative Party and the Labour party are on the ropes, but they are not pummelling each other. No, it is the crowd that has got in the ring and is pummelling them both!
Finally, Academics at the University of York have compared various UK prime ministers and say that Mrs May is more evasive than the last three Tory occupants of Number Ten, reports the Express.
It says that:
"They found that in the course of two interviews after she became Prime Minister in 2016 and four during the course of the 2017 general election, Mrs May only answered 27 percent of the questions put to her.
"In contrast, Mr Cameron answered 34 percent of questions in the 2015 general election, while both Mr Major in the 1992 election and Margaret Thatcher in 1987 answered 39 percent of questions they were asked."
Does that surprise anyone? What actually surprises me is that any of those figures was so high!
Looks like Labour NEC has agreed business as usual. Not good enough. Labour needs strong #Remain policy and to campaign for #PeoplesVote in order not to lose votes to strong #Remain parties. NEC didn’t even say they support #Remain on the ballot paper @Labour4EU @EuroLabour
— Mary Honeyball MEP #StopBrexit2019 (@maryhoneyball) April 30, 2019
Labour's manifesto for the European Parliament will not contain a pledge to hold a second Brexit referendum.
The party's ruling national executive committee agreed that another nationwide poll should only be "an option" if it cannot force a general election.
— Gloria De Piero (@GloriaDePiero) April 30, 2019
Great news that @uklabour NEC backing conference policy on #FinalSay public vote on #Brexit – will be clearly stated for first time in a manifesto #EuropeanElections @LabPeoplesVote – time to get out and back out excellent @WelshLabour @UKLabour MEP candidates!
— Stephen Doughty MP / AS (@SDoughtyMP) April 30, 2019
— Rosie Duffield MP (@RosieDuffield1) April 30, 2019