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John McDonnell says he WON’T be neutral on Brexit if Labour gets to No10 as dithering Jeremy Corbyn sits on the fence

JOHN McDonnell says he won’t be neutral on Brexit if Labour gets to No10 after dithering Jeremy Corbyn sat on the fence.

The Shadow Chancellor said that Labour MPs will be able to “campaign on the basis of their own judgement” if there is a second vote on our divorce from the EU.

NOT NEUTRAL

When pushed to answer if he would remain neutral in the debate, Corbyn’s right-hand man told Sky’s Sophy Ridge: “No, I won’t. But I don’t think Jeremy is asking people to do that”.

It comes after Mr Corbyn was laughed at as he vowed to stay neutral in any future Brexit referendum during a grilling on Question Time on Friday.

The fence-sitting leftie-boss again dodged giving a definite stance on the EU debate – after cowardly ducking out nine times during Tuesday's head-to-head clash with Boris Johnson.

No, I won’t [stay neutral]. But I don’t think Jeremy is asking people to do that.

Mr Corbyn has claimed he wants to renegotiate a new deal with Brussels in just three months and put it back to the people for another vote against a Remain option.

Today Mr McDonnell hinted that he would be more in favour of backing us staying in the bloc.

He told Ridge: “I’ll wait until I see the details of the deal we negotiate.

“I’ve said up until now, I was in the negotiations with the Conservatives for six weeks and I couldn’t see a deal even emerging then that could beat Remain.

 

I’ve said up until now, I was in the negotiations with the Conservatives for six weeks and I couldn’t see a deal even emerging then that could beat Remain.

 

“But let’s see what we negotiate. Whatever we do we’ve got to arrive at a situation where the jobs and the economy and protected.”

Mr McDonnell's stance is further evidence that Labour remains a divided party over Brexit.

MPs have fled the party in dismay over the the reluctance of Mr Corbyn – a life-long Eurosceptic – to take a definitive position on the debate.

While the patience of voters is also wearing thin with Leave supporters in Labour heartlands at risk of being hoovered up by Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and the Tories.

'HYPOTHETICAL'

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner also refused to give a concrete answer on her party’s Brexit stance this morning.

When pushed by the BBC’s Andrew Marr to say if a Labour government would take a position on its own Brexit deal, Ms Rayner simply replied that it was “hypothetical”.
She added added: “What Jeremy has said is that only the Lab party is going to give people a choice.”

What Jeremy has said is that only the Lab party is going to give people a choice.

 

The Labour candidate also said the party plans to have a special conference to discuss which side of the debate to come down on.
Ms Rayner said: “What we’re clear on is that people need to have the ultimate choice on what happens at the end of this process.

“We’ll have a special conference to look at that”.

LABOUR LAGGING

It comes as the Tories hold a 13-point lead over Labour in the polls as Mr Corbyn’s Marxist manifesto leaves him lagging behind.

The PM currently has 43 per cent of the vote while Mr Corbyn has just 30 per cent.

Labour launched their far-left blue print for the country last week with a raft of 1970s style policies, including renationalisation of our rail and free broadband.

Mr Corbyn plans to pay for his socialist vision with 12 tax rises on workers and businesses.

But Paul Johnson, director of independent think-tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said it was “simply not credible” for Labour to raise the sum by slapping a tough tax on businesses and Britain’s highest earners.

He told ITV: "You cannot raise that kind of money in our tax system without affecting individuals.”


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