Labour Conference LIVE: Keir Starmer threatens to block Brexit despite having NO PLAN B

Posted on Sep 26 2018 - 8:16am by admin

The Shadow Brexit Secretary delivered his keynote speech on Brexit at the Labour Party conference.

Sir Keir said that if Labour could not secure a general election “we must have other options”.

He said: “That must include campaigning for a public vote.

“It is right that Parliament has the first say but if we need to break the impasse, our options must include campaigning for a public vote and nobody is ruling out Remain as an option.”

Labour will hold a Brexit debate later today as the party remains confused and divided over its stance.

John McDonnell previously dismissed holding a second referendum as he claims it will “divide the country again”.

The party will debate and vote on a motion to remain in the bloc on the table if a General Election cannot be triggered by Labour.

The final draft for the vote, written by Sir Keir Starmer, says: “If we cannot get a general election, Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote.”


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Keir Starmer will press for another referendum (Image: GETTY)

5.50pm: Labour APPROVES Brexit motion paving way for second referendum

Labour delegates have overwhelmingly approved a motion which could keep the door open for a second Brexit vote.

Only a small minority were against the motion, which would pave the way for MPs to reject any exit deal that fails to meet Labour’s six ‘tests’.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer set out the criteria last year and the tests have since become official party policy.

The six tests Labour says any Brexit deal must pass are:

  • Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?
  • Does it deliver the “exact same benefits” as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?
  • Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities?
  • Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?
  • Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?
  • Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?

5.20pm: Corbyn REFUSES to rule out backing Remain in potential second Brexit vote

Jeremy Corbyn has dodged questions over which way he would vote in a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership.

In a round of TV interviews at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, the party’s leader refused to answer “hypothetical questions on a hypothetical referendum”.

He told the BBC: “Well we don’t know what the question is going to be in the referendum so that is a hypothetical question. I can’t answer that question because we don’t know what the question is going to be.”

And he told Five News: “It depends what the question is in a referendum. You don’t know what the question would be any more than I do.

“We will decide as a party when the referendum comes what our position will be.

“It’s a hypothetical question on a hypothetical referendum, when the Government has not yet concluded the negotiations. The six tests are urgent and important because we are leaving on March 29 under the current proposals.”

4.30pm: Labour’s Brexit negotiations policy ‘AGAINST national interest’, Theresa May warns

The Prime Minister has condemned Labour’s policy on the ongoing divorce talks with Brussels as “against the national interest”.

Theresa May has previously accused the Jeremy Corbyn’s party of undermining the Brexit negotiations by speaking to Brussels directly.

She has warned the approach risked sending the UK “back to square one”.

Harvey Gavin taking over from Matt Drake on live reporting.

2.38pm update: Keir Starmer branded ARROGANT by his OWN party

Andy Burnham blasted Labour’s calls for a second Brexit referendum as an “arrogant” attempt to remain in the European Union from the political elite.

Despite a renewed bid from Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer for a rerun of the Brexit referendum, Mr Burnham urged for caution as not to risk the “alienation” of British voters.

The Mayor of Manchester insisted a rerun of the Brexit vote should only be considered as a “last resort” should the Prime Minister fail to secure a deal with Brussels.

Speaking exclusively to from the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, he said: “As I’ve said, I have real concerns about a second referendum. I do think it could further alienate people from politics, and it could suggest that the political class is arrogantly asking the public again vote until it gets the right answer.

“But, if it’s the last thing we can use to stop a no deal exit, then that’s when it becomes acceptable to me. I am worried that no deal is becoming more and more likely by the day.”

2.20pm update: Labour on track to deliver ‘HARDEST BREXIT’, MP warns.

Labour MP Caroline Flint has warned her party leadership they could help deliver the “hardest Brexit” if MPs are ordered to vote down any deal Theresa May agrees with the European Union.

The MP warned Labour could play in the hands of hard Brexiteers if the party whipped its MPs to vote down Theresa May’s final Brexit deal.

Ms Flint suggested that dismissing the proposals for an agreement put forward by the British Government poses “huge risks” for the country.

Addressing supporters at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, the Don Valley MP said: “It’s looking likely Labour will demand MPs vote against any deal. The reason will be Labour’s six tests.

“However, the decision at the end of the day has nothing to do with the merits of the deal but rather it’s about voting down any deal that May brings to Parliament. That has huge risks It requires Tories or the DUP to vote for a no-confidence motion and I don’t think they will. Despite all this, Labour risk delivering the hardest Brexit that the hardest, hardline Brexiteers want.”

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Sir Keir Starmer delivered his keynote speech to the conference (Image: SKY)

2.10pm update: Brexiteer Kate Hoey BLASTS ‘arrogant’ EU People’s Vote calls

Kate Hoey has ridiculed calls by two European Union leaders to force Britain into a second Brexit referendum – branding the demand as “typical EU arrogance”.

The Labour MP sent a stern warning the European Union after Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat claimed on Thursday there is an “almost unanimous” backing among leaders for Britain to have a second Brexit referendum, while Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš pleaded for Britons to “change their minds”.

Speaking exclusively to, Ms Hoey said: “That’s typical EU arrogance. They have tried it over and over again in other countries.

“They have been successful with Ireland, the Lisbon Treaty, with Holland and with France.

“They always think they are going to get a second referendum. They haven’t come up against the British public before.”

1.08pm update: Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey outlines vision for Labour Government

The Shadow Business Secretary said: “This is about boosting the fundamental quality of life for millions of people.

“This is about reinvigorating our towns and communities so that they truly symbolise local pride and prosperity.

“This is about kick-starting an industrial revolution with workers and unions at its heart.”

1.00pm update: Rebecca Long-Bailey begins her speech

She is expected to talk about plans to save the UK high-street and also to reduce carbon emissions.

12.20pm update: George Galloway says Keir Starmer is trying to ROB millions of working class people the chance of a Labour Government over Brexit

On Twitter, the veteran leftwinger blasted the Shadow Secretary’s keynote speech, saying: “Dear @jeremycorbyn Sir Keith Starmer is leading you up the garden path and your party to potential disaster over #Brexit robbing millions of working class people of the last chance of a #Labour government.

“His humiliation of @johnmcdonnellMP from the platform was extraordinary.”

11.57am update: Labour MP Fiona Onasanya calls for second Brexit vote

The MP for Peterborough said: “People voted to leave. Many voted to take back power – not more uncertainty.

“Surely then, it is fair to negotiate the best possible deal then put it to the people to decide?”

11.26am update: The Labour Party wants a General Election to sweep away ‘FAILED Tory Government’

Sir Keir Starmer said: “We want a general election that can sweep away this failed Tory Government.

“But if a general election is not possible, other options must be kept open.

“That includes campaigning for a public vote.”

11.14am update: Dennis Skinner REFUSES to applaud Sit Keir Starmer

The ardant Brexiteer refused to applaud the Shadow Brexit Secretary’s speech in which he called for a people’s vote and also

11.13am update: Keir Starmer keeps option to REMAIN in EU alive

He said: “No body is ruling out remaining.”

11.11am update: The Shadow Brexit Secretary claims Labour is NOT ‘trying to frustrate’ the process of leaving the EU

In his keynote speech at conference, he said: “We will vote down a blind Brexit. This isn’t about frustrating the process. It’s about stopping a destructive Tory Brexit and fighting for our values.”

11.09am update: Keir Starmer BLASTS Theresa May

In a withering put down, the Shadow Brexit Secretary said: “If your party wants to tear itself apart, that’s fine. But you’re not taking our country with you.”

He added: “Just when we need a strong government, what do we see from the Tories? Division, chaos and failure.

“No credible plan for Brexit. No solution to prevent a hard border in Ireland. And no majority in parliament for the Chequers proposals.

“A Tory civil war that has gone on for years, now threatens our future prosperity. The party that once promised that it would fix the roof while the sun was shining is now intent on burning the whole house down.”

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The Brexiteer did not seem impressed by the Shadow Brexit Secretary’s speech (Image: SKY)

11.00am update: Keir  Starmer begins his keynote speech

The Shadow Brexit Secretary says the Government has no credible plan for Brexit

10.56pm update: Main speakers at conference today include Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Emily Thornberry.

Speakers on the main stage include Sir Keir Starmer at 10.20am, Rebecca Long-Bailey at 12.30pm, Emily Thornberry at 2.45pm and Diane Abbott at 5.10pm.

10.44am update: Labour has pushed back the vote on a second Brexit referendum

The vote has been moved back to 5.20pm from 12.40pm because the debate is expected to continue.

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The veteran Brexiteer refused to applaud Sir Keir Starmer (Image: SKY)

10.26am update: Labour’s six tests for Brexit

Sir Keir Starmer said Labour will down any Brexit deal that does not meet his “six tests”.

The tests are the following:

1. Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?

2. Does it deliver the “exact same benefits” as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?

3. Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities?

4. Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?

5. Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?

6. Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?

10.18am update: Labour is to pledging to eliminate greenhouse emissions ENTIRELY

Almost all UK homes and businesses would be powered by wind, solar and nuclear power by 2030.

Rebecca Long-Bailey will announce today that the party is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the middle of the century.

The UK’s current goal is an 80 percent cut by 2050.

Ms Long-Bailey said: “The potential benefits of transitioning to a sustainable economy are enormous and we want to make sure these are shared by everyone, the Tories are not up to the job of dealing with the existential threat posed by climate change.”

9.55am update: Labour is set to vote on Brexit motion at conference saying UK needs relationship with EU that grants FULL access to Single Market

Sir Keir Starmer declined to rule out extending the Article 50 process, under which the UK leaves the EU two years after declaring its intention to quit.

Asked whether he could guarantee Britain would leave the EU on March 29, Sir Keir told TalkRadio: “Well the answer is it depends, because we don’t know when we’re going to get a deal.

“The October deadline might slip to November, November might slip to December. I don’t know, I’m not conducting the negotiations so the timeline is not in our control.

“I don’t think at this stage anybody is talking about extending Article 50 but if it has to be extended quite frankly it will be because of the collapsing failure of the discussions and the negotiations.”

9.20am update: The Labour party Conference timetable is as follows:

Saturday 22nd September

11:00 Women’s Conference Registration

12:00 Women’s Conference – Auditorium 1A – ACC

Sunday 23rd September

10:30 Opening Formalities; NEC Chair’s Address; CAC Report; General Secretary’s Report; Awards

11:20 Part democracy

12:45 Seminar – Brexit

12:45 Seminar – Environment, Energy, and Culture

12:45 Seminar – Work, Pensions, and Equality

14:15 Party Democracy; Women’s Conference Motion; Financial Reports

Monday 24th September

8:15 Seminar – International

8:15 Seminar – Justice and Home Affairs

8:15 Seminar – Health and Social Care

9:30 CAC Report

9:55 Wales Report

10:05 Public investment and ownership

12:15 Shadow Chancellor’s speech

14:15 Scotland Report

14:25 Social security and skills

Tuesday 25th September

8:15 Seminar – Early Years, Education, and Skill

8:15 Seminar – Housing, Local Government, and Transport

8:15 Seminar – Economy, Business, and Trade

9:30 NEC and CLP Constitutional Amendments

10:20 Brexit and the economy

14:50 Security at home and abroad

Wednesday 26th September

9:05 Tackling inequalities

12:15 Leader’s Speech

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John McDonnell announced radical plans to give workers a 10 percent stake in business (Image: GETTY)

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Labour will hold a Brexit debate later today (Image: GETTY)

8.40am update: Sir Keir Starmer confirmed he would vote to remain in the European Union if there was a second referendum.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “Oh yes, I would vote in. I voted in last time, I’d vote in if the question was ever put again.

“No deal means at midnight in March we rupture our trading arrangements and this will cost jobs, I don’t doubt that the pound will begin to drop.

“We won’t have any arrangements for security and counter-terrorism – I worked, when I was director of public prosecutions, on counter-terrorism work across Europe – the idea that we wouldn’t have an arrangement in place for that would horrify people.

“And frankly this idea that we might have medicines stockpiled for six weeks has spooked people.

“We don’t want to face that situation and we have got a duty to do something to stop it and that’s why the option of a public vote is important as something that may have to happen when we get to that stage.”

8.34am update Diane Abbott claims she is more trusted to deliver security than Tories

Diane Abbott will claim today that Labour should be trusted more than the Conservative Party with the nation’s security because of years of Tory austerity.

The Shadow Home Secretary will claim years of police cuts means “Labour is the party of real security”.

Ms Abbott will say: “The Government is big on rhetoric about security, policing and borders. But talk is cheap.

“Action costs money. And they have slashed the border guards just like they have slashed the police and fire services.

“Not Labour. It was the Tories that cut them all.”

This is despite Jeremy Cobyn’s past as chair of Stop the War and Ms Abbott’s opposition to stop and search powers for police.

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