Labour plan to hijack Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with second referendum amendment

Boris Johnson is hoping his Brexit deal will pass parliament this week. But Labour is planning to derail the Prime Minster’s plans for a swift EU exit.

Labour is planning to try and hijack the Prime Minister’s Brexit legislation when he presents it to MPs by tabling amendments demanding a new referendum and customs union with the EU.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “We need an amendment to say that whatever deal gets through, it should be subject to a referendum.”

He added: “The position we have adopted is whatever the outcome, whether it’s Boris Johnson’s bad deal or a better one which could be secured, it has got to go to a referendum up against remain.”

He laid out Labour’s plan for the week saying step one is to “make sure that that extension is granted if we possibly can”.

Regardless of what happens the government will now table the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the legislation needed to actually make Brexit happen – with votes expected to take place on Tuesday.

If Mr Johnson is able to get his Brexit legislation through parliament and win a ‘meaningful vote’ on his deal by the end of this week he could still stick to his ‘do or die’ pledge of taking the UK out of the EU on October 31.

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