Labour conference: Delegates back Corbyn's Brexit stance

23 September 2019, 18:20 | Updated: 23 September 2019, 18:27

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonell at the Labour Party conference
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonell at the Labour Party conference. Picture: PA
Maddie Goodfellow

By Maddie Goodfellow

Delegates at the Labour conference are voting on two motions to decide the party's Brexit policy.

Labour Party delegates have voted to stay neutral on Brexit by rejecting a motion to back a pro-remain position.

The motion, named "Composite 13", lost on a show of hands vote.

The party voted against a motion which would have seen Labour backing remain in any future referendum.

However a second motion, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn and backed by Labour's ruling National Executive Committee, which says the party will only decide how to campaign in a second EU referendum "through a one-day special conference, following the election of a Labour government", passed.

This means that the party will stay neutral whilst negotiating a new deal.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnel made a speech at the conference
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnel made a speech at the conference. Picture: PA

The party's draft plans for its Brexit policy were also put forward by Jeremy Corbyn at the conference.

The draft suggests that if Labour wins a general election, it would remain neutral while negotiating a new deal with the EU within three months.

The party would hold a referendum after six months, and the party would decide which side to back at a special conference before the vote.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry urged labour to do "whatever it takes" to stay in the European Union
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry urged labour to do "whatever it takes" to stay in the European Union. Picture: PA

There was confusion as the votes were called, with calls for a recount and card voting.

Following Mr Corbyn's motion passing, chants of "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" could be heard in the room.

The vote followed a day of speeches at the conference, including words from Emily Thorbury and John McDonnel.

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