Matthew Pennycook MP, has resigned, citing his desire to focus his efforts on campaigning “unequivocally” for remain in a second referendum
This is not Labour policy and a unequivocally remain stance was voted down at conference.
Delegates voted on the three Brexit motions – one saying Labour should campaign for Remain in another referendum, one neutral motion, and one saying there should be a special one-day conference to decide its position after an election.
I have today stepped down as a Shadow Brexit Minister. Thank you to my brilliant colleagues @Keir_Starmer @PaulBlomfieldMP @JennyChapman @EmmaHardyMP @Jessicamordenmp and @hayteratlords for their support over the past three years and @jeremycorbyn for the opportunity to serve. pic.twitter.com/Ui6EaCL0ZA
— Matthew Pennycook MP (@mtpennycook) September 25, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn’s policy on Brexit triumphed at Labour conference, as members endorsed his stance to stay neutral while negotiating a new deal.
The Party voted against a motion which would have seen Labour backing Remain in any future referendum.
The party’s draft plan for its Brexit policy, put forward by Mr Corbyn, suggests that, if Labour wins power in a general election, it would remain neutral while negotiating a new deal with the EU within three months.
It would then hold a referendum within six months, and the party would decide which side to back ahead of that at a special conference.
Some Grassroots activists at the conference have been pushing for an unambiguous stance, tabling a motion calling for Labour to campaign “energetically” to remain.
But this motion was rejected in a show of hands while a motion setting out the leadership’s official position and another endorsing its handling of Brexit were overwhelmingly passed.
Keir Starmer the shadow Brexit secretary also advocated an unequivocally remain stance at conference. Questions were asked by grassroots members if his clear remain position would prejudice his role in any future Labour Brexit negotiations.