General election would be ‘people’s vote’ says Labour chancellor – National

Is a general election a good idea? Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Is a general election a good idea? Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell said a general election would be ‘the real People's Vote’ on Brexit.

Anti-Brexit campaigners' hopes that Labour would commit itself to a second referendum on EU withdrawal suffered a setback after conference delegates were offered the opportunity only to keep the option of a so-called People's Vote ‘on the table’.

Mr McDonnell told Good Morning Britain: ‘My understanding of what the discussion, certainly within my party has been all about, is: respect the referendum but the deal that comes back, if it's not acceptable to Parliament, we should have a general election or keep the option of a People's Vote on the deal on the table.

‘In that case it will be about whether you accept the deal or not or whether you send people back to negotiate a proper deal.’