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Britain's main opposition Labour party could back a second Brexit referendum if its proposals for leaving the EU are shunned by the government and a no-deal scenario appears likely, leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday (January 17).
"If the government remains intransigent, if support for Labour's alternative is blocked for party advantage and the country is facing the potential disaster of no deal, our duty will then be to look at other options, which we have set out in our conference motion, including that of a public vote." Corbyn said in a speech in the southern English coastal town of Hastings.
Corbyn confirmed he would only hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May about Brexit if she ruled out a no-deal exit - and said that extending Britain's exit date from the bloc: "could come into play." May will try to break the impasse in Britain's political elite over how to leave by searching for a last-minute exit deal - though there has so far been little sign of compromise.
May called for party leaders to put self-interest aside to find a way to break the political stagnation that Brexit has caused, after her two-year attempt to force an amicable divorce deal was crushed by parliament in the biggest defeat for a British leader in modern history.
If May fails to forge consensus, the world's fifth largest economy will drop out of the European Union on March 29 without a deal or will be forced to halt Brexit, possibly even holding a national election or another referendum in a bid to find a resolution.