Labour backtracks over new Brexit poll options

By Aubrey Allegretti and Alan McGuinness, political reporters, in Liverpool
Labour has backtracked over Remain appearing on the ballot paper for another Brexit referendum.
Sir Keir Starmer, the party's shadow Brexit spokesperson, said "nobody was ruling out" the option.
It came hours after shadow chancellor John McDonnell announced the only choices should be on the "nature" of a deal with Brussels.Emotional splits have emerged within Labour as it grapples with pressure to campaign for a "people's vote" on any negotiated settlement.

John McDonnell ruled out Remain appearing on the ballot paper
Kicking off Labour's annual conference in Liverpool on Monday, Mr McDonnell said any new referendum on Brexit should "respect" the 2016 result to leave.Asked by Sky News if the question to Leave or Remain should be revisited in a potential future vote, Mr McDonnell said: "No - I think it'll be on the deal itself."If we're saying we respect the referendum, it'll be about the nature of the deal that the prime minister brings back or the one that we can negotiate."Mr McDonnell was confident Labour could negotiate a good deal with Brussels by 29 March 2019, the date when Article 50 runs out and Britain leaves the European Union.
The EU has suggested December is the cut-off date for negotiations, to allow enough time for a deal to be voted on by the 27 other countries' parliaments.Asked if Labour could negotiate a deal in six months, Mr McDonnell said: "We think we can, we think we can negotiate a deal."But he was contradicted that afternoon by Sir Keir."We weren't ruling options and nobody was ruling out Remain," he told journalists.
"If we’re saying we respect the referendum, it’ll be about the nature of the deal that the prime minister brings back or the one that we can negotiate."

Labour's @johnmcdonnellMP on what should be on the ballot paper at another Brexit referendum.— Sky News Politics (@SkyNewsPolitics) September 24, 2018
Sir Keir did not respond to questions about whether Mr McDonnell was wrong.
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