WATCH: Labour’s John McDonnell REFUSES To Rule Out Second EU Referendum
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell yesterday refused to rule out a second EU vote when asked by ITV’s Robert Peston.
While he did not deny any Labour plans for a second referendum, he did say that Labour would prefer a General Election to a second referendum for fear of inciting xenophobia from the right.
Peston said: “But you’re, I think, saying the same as Jeremy that right now you don’t think it’s the right thing but you’re not saying there might not be circumstances in which a second referendum would.”
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) February 11, 2018
McDonnell responded: “We’d never turn our backs on democratic engagement but I worry at the moment that if you had another referendum, it would divide the country again and at the same time we would open up the potential of that sort of right-wing xenophobia, part of which we saw in the referendum.”
Peston then hit back saying: “But what happens if in the Autumn when parliament gets this meaningful vote, that parliament says that Theresa May’s deal is not the deal that parliament wants, in those circumstances surely there would have to be a second referendum!”
However, McDonnell went on to say: “Well I think better we have a general election.
“On that issue and on the other issues because you then have a wider debate as well.”