Labour frontbencher clarifies new referendum call

By Aubrey Allegretti, Political Reporter
A Labour frontbencher has been forced to issue a clarification after appearing to call for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.
Preet Gill, a shadow international development minister, said she "agreed that a people's vote" on the terms was "an absolute must".
She was responding to a call to support the campaign For our Future's Sake (FFS).
Labour frontbencher clarifies new referendum call

Jeremy Corbyn's office refused to comment
The group announced on Sunday it had the backing of 120 elected student leaders representing nearly one million students for a "people's vote" on the final Brexit deal.MPs will get a "meaningful vote" in the Commons on Prime Minister Theresa May's negotiated terms for quitting the EU.But neither the Conservatives nor Labour back carrying out a nationwide poll.Ms Gill tweeted in response to an inquiry on Monday: "Great to see the student voice coming out and speaking up!! @Guild_President I hear you and agree that a people's vote on the deal is an absolute must."
Labour frontbencher clarifies new referendum call

Preet Gill tweeted that a 'people's vote on the deal is an absolute must'
She later deleted the post and wrote: "Just to clarify my position - a meaningful vote on the deal by Parliament is a must which will be informed by the people we represent."A spokesperson for FFS said they were "disappointed" at the "culture of fear within the Labour"."Even though the overwhelming majority of Labour supporters and young people support a people's vote on the terms of the deal, Preet Gill and other Labour MPs are having to hide their true opinions," they said.Mr Corbyn's office refused to comment on the frontbencher's position but highlighted her clarification.
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It comes two months after Owen Smith, then-shadow Northern Ireland secretary, was fired for breaking from the Labour line and calling for a referendum on the terms of Brexit.He wrote in an article for The Guardian: "Labour needs to do more than just back a soft Brexit or guarantee a soft border in Ireland."
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