Labour’s promises to respect the referendum result now lie in tatters

Labour’s promises to respect the referendum result now lie in tatters

Yesterday at the Labour Party Conference, the cat was finally let out of the bag. Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer, confirmed that Labour were not “ruling out Remain as an option” as he backed a second referendum. His repeated promises to respect the referendum result lie in tatters.

We now know Labour have no intention of delivering Brexit and want to take us back to square one.

The Labour Party Conference kicked off with Jeremy Corbyn saying he would back whatever position his party members voted for on a second referendum. Then Corbyn’s right-hand man, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, said the second referendum would not offer an option to Remain in the EU.

But only hours later the Shadow Chancellor was unceremoniously slapped down by Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer, who said “nobody was ruling out” the option of staying in the EU.

The next day Keir Starmer refused to rule out delaying Brexit, refused to confirm Labour would end freedom of movement and opened the door to staying in the EU with a second referendum.

Labour’s promise to respect the result of the referendum has unravelled.

The Labour Party made a promise to voters in their manifesto to respect the result – and now they are tearing up that pledge. They have shown they are determined to reject a deal with the EU out of hand, delay Brexit and, ultimately, re-run the referendum.

They’ve shown themselves to be more interested in playing political games and frustrating the Brexit process than delivering on the will of the British people.

Labour’s promises on Brexit are not worth the paper they’re written on.

Whilst Labour have been putting up blocks every step of the way, we have been negotiating for a Brexit plan that takes back control of our laws, borders and money.

We have known for some time that Labour want to frustrate the will of the British people, which is why we launched the Respect the Result campaign. This campaign has been encouraging voters in Leave constituencies to tell their MPs they want them to back Brexit. We cannot allow Labour to betray the millions of people who voted in good faith to leave the EU.

The vote on 23rd June 2016 was the largest democratic exercise this country has ever undergone. The Conservative Government are delivering on the decision made by the country – to leave the EU and take back control of our money, laws and borders. To deny its legitimacy or frustrate its result threatens public trust in our democracy.

This Conservative Government is focused on negotiating a good Brexit deal, that will bring back control of our money, laws and borders. These negotiations are tough, but we have been making progress, at a time when the Labour Party are seeking to undo the 2016 vote. As the Prime Minister made clear last week, we “will not overturn the referendum”. The Labour Party must say the same.​