London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Friday that the Labour Party could “trump” the referendum result by either including in the manifesto that leaving the EU would not happen or having a second referendum, highlighting major fissures in the party over the contentious result last year.
In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Khan suggested Labour needed to outline a clear stance on Brexit, saying: “For it to have credibility with the British public, there would have to be a Labour manifesto offer, because the public would say, not unreasonably, ‘Hold on a sec, we voted to leave and you’re now sticking two fingers up at us’.
“You’d have to spell out, in black and white, what we’d do if we won the general election.
“What could trump the referendum result is us having a manifesto offer saying we would not leave the EU, or we would have a second referendum.”
Labour has been accused of not having a unified stance on Brexit after leader Jeremy Corbyn categorically stated the UK would leave the EU and the single market under his guidance, but was undercut by Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, who intimated no final decision had been agreed upon.
Mr Khan’s remarks came after Chancellor Philip Hammond said a post-Brexit transitional arrangement could last for three years after the UK’s planned withdrawal in March 2019.
Mr. Hammond’s comments were met with fierce resistance from strong Leave backers who accused the chancellor of not respecting the will of the people.