Corbyn 'bound' by members' decision on Brexit referendum

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter, in Liverpool
Jeremy Corbyn has said he will "obviously be bound" by what Labour members decide on a second Brexit referendum, amid growing calls for him to back the idea.
The debate on whether the party should come out in favour of a vote on the terms of the exit deal Britain manages to strike with the European Union is set to dominate its annual conference in Liverpool.Mr Corbyn has been coming under increased pressure to throw his weight behind the idea - and on the eve of the annual gathering he gave his strongest indication yet that this could happen.According to a poll published this weekend, 86% of Labour members think voters should get the final say on the Brexit negotiations, and 90% would now vote to remain in the EU.
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Pro-EU activists have staged a rally in the city in a bid to put further pressure on the Labour leadership to support a "people's vote".But one member of his shadow cabinet told Sky News she had "reservations" about another referendum.In a wide-ranging television interview as conference got under way, Mr Corbyn was asked if he would feel obliged to respect a vote by delegates to support another plebiscite.He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "Let's see what comes out of conference. Obviously I'm bound by the democracy of our party."


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Mr Corbyn said there would be a vote on the issue at conference, but added he was not sure exactly what question will be put to delegates.The Labour leader declined to say which way he would vote in a second referendum, saying there was "conjecture" as to what the question would be.He also made clear that his preference was for an early general election.Mr Corbyn said Labour would "put our case to Parliament" for an early poll, remarks which will fuel speculation the party will table a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May if the Brexit negotiations fail.
.@SophyRidgeSky— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) [url=]September 23, 2018
Shadow Business Secretary @RLong_Bailey says Labour would "of course respect" a second referendum on #Brexit if Labour members at conference called for one.
But adds that she has "reservations"#Ridge— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) September 23, 2018
Deputy leader Tom Watson told Sky News the party would almost certainly include a pledge to hold another Brexit vote in its manifesto if members voted in favour of the idea.
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