Gordon Brown

Brexit News: Now failed PM Gordon Brown calls for second Brexit referendum

Gordon BrownGETTY

Gordon Brown has backed the idea of another EU referendum

His intervention will come as Remainers prepare for a UK-wide speaking tour designed to prevent Brexit.

Called Labour Against Brexit, the tour will put pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to the annual party conference in September.

Last week the Sunday Express revealed that senior Labour figures had either backed or failed to rule out another referendum more than 40 times.

Mr Corbyn’s office insists he opposes another vote but opponents believe the party is preparing the ground for a shift in position.

Mr Brown, who wrote a book on Brexit called Britain: Leading Not Leaving, is to appear at an event at the Southbank centre in London on June 5, where he will be questioned by his wife Sarah Brown.

It will be the first time the two have shared a stage since he was in Downing Street, messages text to the originating when she introduced him at a party conference.

In comments made last year, Mr Brown predicted that by now voters would be clamouring for another referendum.

He said there would be a “crisis point” this summer when “the public will have made up their mind that the four red lines that the Government had actually set in place are going to be crossed.

“So we will not have proper control of borders. We will not have proper control of our money. We’re still going to pay loads of money to the EU.” The push by Labour heavyweights comes as Tory loyalists fear a defeat in the Commons over Brexit legislation.

MPs are due to vote on Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill when they return from their break.

It was expected they would be asked to throw out the 15 amendments that enforce a soft Brexit in 10 days’ time.

But the crucial vote is now not expected until after the June 14 byelection in safe Labour seat Lewisham East.

Critics described the delay as “mad”, saying up to 15 Tory MPs are predicted to vote against the Government and it must press home its temporary numerical advantage.

The by-election, and illness of one Labour MP, meant opposition benches were expected to be down two votes.

If the Government is defeated the resulting chaos could hijack Brexit negotiations, keep Britain in a customs union and endanger Theresa May’s position.

It could even lead to another general election, some Tories fear. Others dismissed the idea of a second snap election. “Turkeys don’t actually vote for Christmas,” a former minister said.

Tory MP Stephen Hammond last night became the first Conservative rebel to call for a second referendum on the final Brexit deal.

But in a letter to a constituent, he stressed: “Any vote should be the public ratifying the deal rather than a re-run of the 2016 vote.”

What do you think – SHOULD REMOANERS ACCEPT THEY LOST? YES – 0901 133 4431 text SXVYES to 84988 NO – 0901 133 4432 text SXVNO to 84988

Texts cost 50p plus standard charges. Calls cost 50p plus your telephone company’s network access charge.

Vote closes at midnight tonight. SP: Spoke, 0333 202 3390.

Express Newspapers may contact you by post, SMS and/or email with offers, goods or services that may be of interest to you.

To stop receiving SMS messages text ‘NSNOINFO’ to the originating number.

Posted on; Express.co.uk>>

Check Also

stephen pound eu referendum brexit corbyn

Labour’s Brexit TURMOIL: Corbyn dealt HUGE blow as frontbencher backs second EU referendum



ONE of Jeremy Corbyn’s senior frontbencher MPs has backed calls for a second EU referendum, placing Labour in fresh Brexit turmoil.