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A third of Labour MPs urge leader Jeremy Corbyn to back People’s Vote

© Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesLabour Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been told by a third of his MPs that he must secure a fresh referendum in any Brexit deal he reaches with Theresa May.

A letter signed by 80 of the party’s MPs – including Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray – insists a public vote should be the “bottom line” in negotiations with the PM.

The letter signed by MPs, including shadow ministers, was sent to Corbyn yesterday after negotiations between the Government and Labour were held to break the Brexit deadlock.

It warned any concessions cannot be guaranteed and a referendum was a necessary safeguard.

Three days of cross-party talks ended on Friday without agreement but Chancellor Philip Hammond said there were “no red lines” in the meetings.

He added that he was “optimistic that we will reach some form of agreement with Labour”.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott however admitted in a radio interview that a People’s Vote “has its difficulties.”

She said: “If we had that vote tomorrow, I believe Leave would win.”

Theresa May, meanwhile, was warned by one of her own ministers that a lengthy delay to Brexit could destroy the Conservatives.

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi warned: “It would be, I think, a suicide note of the Conservative Party if we had to fight the European elections.”