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Jeremy Corbyn: I don't know how I'd vote in second referendum

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Corbyn: Second Brexit vote 'option for future' [Sky News]

Jeremy Corbyn has said he does not know how he would vote in a second referendum.

The Labour leader told Sophy Ridge on Sky News: "I don't know how I would vote, what the options would be at that time." He added that he has not yet read all of Theresa May's draft withdrawal agreement with the EU yet.

Time for a People's Vote?

People's Vote campaigners have been arguing Britain should have a second referendum on the terms of Britain's departure from the EU - and insist that Remain must be an option on any future ballot.

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Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer has also called for a People's Vote with an option to Remain both at his party's annual conference and since.

But Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong eurosceptic who opposed Britain's accession to the European Economic Community in 1975, the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and the Lisbon Treaty in the late noughties, has resisted all demands for a fresh vote.

Discussing the possibility of another referendum - which is backed by four-fifths of Corbynite pressure group, Momentum - he said: "I think it's an option for the future, but not an option for today."

And Corbyn has gone one step further, too, adding that he might still vote to Leave the EU if given a second bite at the cherry.

Speaking on Sky News, Corbyn added that although he will oppose the government's Brexit deal, he has not had the time to read it in full.

Corbyn will oppose May deal

He said: "What's been agreed so far between the Government and the EU is not acceptable to the British parliament and I suspect the British people, and it hasn't been tested in the European parliament."

Reflecting the views of the 52 per cent of Brits who backed Leave in 2016, Corbyn said that his party should respect the referendum result.

Jeremy Corbyn wearing a red shirt © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

He expanded on his concerns with what the PM has agreed with Brussels so far, adding: "Where's the guarantee on environmental protections? Where's the guarantee on workers rights?"

The Labour leader met with Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier to talk about Britain's exit from the EU, and he said of the conversation: "I have discussed with Michel Barnier the communities that have seen no investment since the end of the miners strike, nothing from new infrastructure - communities are likely to be against the institutions that have failed to deliver it for them."

While Corbyn revealed his vision for reform of the continental bloc also: "I've always been in favour of a social Europe, better workers' rights."

A vote on Theresa May's deal will likely be next month, following the EU Council meeting on 25 November.

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