Almost 80% of Labour members want a second EU referendum - poll

Posted On: 
4th January 2018

Almost eight in ten Labour members want a second EU referendum, a new poll has suggested.

Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer have so far ruled out a second referendum on Brexit
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Some 78% want a vote on the final Brexit deal while 87% want the UK to stay in the European single market, according to the YouGov poll for Queen Mary University.

The call for another referendum highlights the split in the party on the issue. Just 65% of Labour supporters voted to Remain in the 2016 referendum and 35% voted Leave.

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The numbers will also pile pressure on Labour bosses to further soften their stance on Brexit and call for closer ties with the bloc.

Researchers who worked on the poll wrote: "It will be interesting to see whether a leadership that is apparently so keen to take members’ views seriously will in the end move all the way, as opposed to just part of the way, towards them."

It comes after 70 Labour councillors wrote to Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer demanding the party offer voters a rethink on quitting the EU.

Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out holding a second referendum but has softened his stance on leaving the single market and customs union in recent months.

But the top team is split on a second vote, with deputy leader Tom Watson refusing to rule one out when asked in December.

Meanwhile, Tony Blair has launched an outspoken attack on Labour's approach to Brexit - accusing the party of "timidity" for not campaigning to keep the UK in the European Union.

Elsewhere, the YouGov poll found just a quarter of Tory members want the UK to stay in the single market and customs union.

And it found just over half of the Tory grassroots support a return to the death penalty.