Labour will block Brexit, says leadership rival Owen Smith

24 Aug, 2016

Britain's opposition Labour Party leadership candidate Owen Smith. © Andrew Yates

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leadership candidate Owen Smith. © Andrew Yates / Reuters
Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has vowed to stop the government triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the official process to bring Britain out of the EU, unless a second referendum is held on the final Brexit deal.

The leadership challenger said on Wednesday the party wants to stay in the EU and that he will hold a second referendum if he becomes prime minister.

Smith’s comments have sparked a backlash among Brexiteers, who described it as a snub to the 35 percent of Labour members who opted to leave the EU.

Britain voted to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 percent on June 23 after a heated referendum campaign which exposed sharp divisions throughout the country.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out triggering Article 50 this year, insisting it will take time to organize a “sensible and orderly departure.

Smith said Labour believes the UK should remain in the EU.

It would be irresponsible of Theresa May to simply trigger Article 50 and sleepwalk out of the deal.

“Labour still believes that we should be a part of the European Union.

Theresa May says that ‘Brexit means Brexit’ – but nobody knows what Brexit looks like. It could involve trashing workers’ rights and environmental protections, opening our NHS up to foreign competition, making it harder for us to trade with our neighbors and damaging our economy,” he added.

Smith vowed that under his leadership, the Conservatives will not have a “blank check” and that Labour will block any attempt to invoke Article 50 without a second referendum or general election on the final exit deal.

Prominent Brexit campaigner and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg accused Smith of ignoring millions of Labour voters who are in favor of leaving the EU.

It is a direct snub to Labour voters. We would not have won the referendum without the support of a very large number of Labour voters, particularly in the north of England. Rather than listen to them, he is now basically saying they are wrong.”

Source: https://www.rt.com/uk/356985-labour-smith-brexit-referendum/

 
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7 Responses to “Labour will block Brexit, says leadership rival Owen Smith”

  1. johnnysevenmoons says:

    “the party wants to stay in the EU”
    I want alot of things, doesn’t mean I’ll get them. He’s not just ignoring millions of labour voters, but millions of voters in general. What a delusional man

  2. Aldous says:

    The (Khazar?) miscreant seriously looks like ‘one of them’. Enough said? He’s just part and parcel of the Zionist created, owned, funded LibLabContrick and LibLabConspiracy.

    A lot of these guys look like clones. Is he related to that Sky Political Editor Peston? An illegitimate Rothschild bastard perhaps as they sire many offspring out of wedlock?

  3. Scotty says:

    This Smith character is obviously nurtured & mentored by his Corporatist owners to sell Britain out to the Jesuit Vatican EU.

    BRexit should mean the UK cutting all ties with the EU – and then negotiating.

    The referendum was about EXIT or REMAIN – not renegotiating.

    The UK could very well end-up in a worse position than if we were to stay part of the EU – if the negotiations are conducted by those whose loyalty is to foreign, alien powers, and not to their own people, nation, history and culture.

    • Men Scryfa says:

      “The UK could very well end-up in a worse position than if we were to stay part of the EU – if the negotiations are conducted by those whose loyalty is to foreign, alien powers, and not to their own people, nation, history and culture.”

      By that you mean “World Jewry” and those who support and finance it.

  4. Men Scryfa says:

    Labour like the modern Tory Party, a thoroughly Marxist and Anti-Democratic Gang of Criminals and White Genocide Merchants trying to masquerade as something respectable.

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14685626.Twenty_children_have_reported_being_sexually_assaulted_at_school_in_Dorset_in_last_four_years/

    Neither Labour nor the Tories stopped Paedophilia or the Destruction of Britain.

    In fact high ranking members of both parties were actively engaged in these acts of Genocide and Culture Destruction. No more needs to be said or asked other than when do the arrests and trials start and I mean of them and not us.

  5. Tom74 says:

    Seems a sensible policy. Never any harm in democracy when so much is at stake.

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