Labour has been left bitterly divided over a second referendum after a major rebellion by 45 of its MPs killed off a plan that could have see it take place. Some 27 politicians from mainly northern Leave-backing areas refused to follow orders to back a motion by Dame Margaret Beckett calling for any Brexit deal to be put to a ‘confirmatory’ referendum. The motion was defeated by 27 votes, meaning their support would have seen it pass. Shadow housing minister Melanie Onn was among those who refused to back the plan, which lost by 295 votes to 268. A further 18 Labour MPs abstained, including shadow cabinet ministers Jon Trickett, Ian Lavery and Andrew Gwynne, bringing the total number of rebels to 45. The backbench plot to snatch control of Brexit hit a wall last night as none of the alternatives to Theresa May’s deal secured a majority – but MPs still showed Britain they favour a softer Brexit or a second referendum – and will never deliver No Deal. Party MPs from the north are worried about a voter backlash in Brexit-backing seats if they support a new public vote and it succeeded in preventing or softening Brexit. Grimsby… Read full this story
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