Mixed reaction as Portsmouth MP supports '˜all options' Brexit vote
PORTSMOUTH'SÂ Labour MP has insisted '˜all options' must remain open for a public vote on both the terms of any Brexit deal '“Â and whether Britain leaves or remains in the European Union.
Portsmouth South'sÂ Stephen Morgan said government needs to '˜think seriously' about people having the final say on Brexit.
The news comes after shadow chancellor John McDonnell backed the idea of a general election for a people's voteÂ on Brexit negotiations.
This week anti-Brexit campaigners'Â hopes that Labour would commit itself to a second referendum on EU withdrawal suffered a setback after party conference delegates were offered the opportunity only to keep the option of a so-called people's voteÂ '˜on the table'.
Mr Morgan said he supports shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer's views that if there is to be no general election then a vote '˜must include the option to campaign for a public vote.'
In a statement Mr Morgan said: '˜Labour has never accepted this is a choice between Theresa May's deal or no deal.
'˜No government has the right to plunge the country into chaos as a result of their own failure. In the event of parliament rejecting the Prime Minister's deal, all options must be on the table.'
He added: '˜Keir Starmer is exactly right that we should keep everything on the table when it comes to Brexit.
'˜I hear every day from people and businesses in our city who are increasingly concerned about the impact of us crashing out of the EU.
'˜The government just isn't listening to them, nor assuring me, but its high time they did.'
The Portsmouth MP said that a no-deal outcome should not be considered as an option, believing it would have '˜catastrophic consequences'.
But his views have sparked a backlash online after The News reported on his comments yesterday.
Commenting on The News' Facebook page, Tammy Butt said: '˜We voted to leave '“Â let's listen to what people want, not what political parties say.'
On the idea of a final say, BarrieÂ Pettitt commented: '˜Already done that, we voted to leave and that is what we are doing, deal or no deal.'
Lyle Plato added: '˜Didn't people already have the final say? In a democratic vote?
'˜We can't keep having referendum after referendum just because one side doesn't agree with the results.'
But Ryan Nolan said: '˜ThereÂ was no mandate to leave the EU in such a damaging way as what seems to be coming.
'˜There was a mandate to leave. Democracy allows us to change our minds! Why do you think we have aÂ general election every five years?
'˜It's to ensure that the country still wants the current government or has changed their mind and want a different government.
'˜There is nothing undemocratic about another vote!'
Labour is set to back a policy of keeping the option of a referendum on the table if there is not an early general election, but on Monday Mr McDonnell said any public vote would only be on the terms of a deal.