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Shadow Brexit secretary faces backlash from Labour colleagues over party’s stance. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has clashed with shadow cabinet colleagues over Labour’s stance on a second referendum, the Guardian understands. At the weekly shadow cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Starmer suggested Labour policy meant the party must support any amendment to the government’s withdrawal agreement bill calling for a referendum on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal - and then campaign for remain. But in a debate that became testy at times, according to two people present, Starmer faced a backlash from colleagues including Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett. One witness said Lavery accused Starmer of “ramming this policy down my throat for 18 months”. There was a separate discussion about when Labour should be willing to back a general election, if Johnson’s deal is defeated - with Corbyn loyalists Laura Pidcock and Dan Carden calling for the party to support an early poll. Downing Street has suggested that if MPs reject Johnson’s bill - or amend it to force him to negotiate a customs union - he could pull it, and ask MPs to support a general election instead. Labour twice voted against Johnson’s efforts to secure a mid-October general election, which requires a two-thirds majority under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Corbyn has repeatedly said that once a Brexit extension is secured, he will support a snap poll - but some Labour MPs would like to see a referendum held first. The prime minister sent a letter on Saturday to the European council president, Donald Tusk, requesting an extension, after MPs withheld their approval from his deal until the withdrawal agreement bill has been passed. In the shadow cabinet discussions about whether Labour would campaign for remain against Johnson’s deal, Lavery and Trickett pointed to the motion passed at last month’s Labour conference in Brighton, which said: “The party shall only decide how to campaign in such a referendum through a one-day special conference, following the election of a Labour government.” Party members backed the motion after Corbyn made clear he wanted the decision about its referendum stance to be taken after a Labour government came to power. The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, also expressed concerns about supporting a compromise similar to the Kyle-Wilson amendment. The Labour MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson previously suggested they could support Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement if it was subjected to a confirmatory referendum. But Corbyn said he would “caution” MPs against being willing to accept that quid pro quo. Abbott said last month: “I don’t think we should be supporting a bad deal, just because it’s got a referendum attached. That’s why I was against Kyle-Wilson. “Either it’s a good deal, which says something about the customs union, and alignment with the single market - or it’s not. The referendum is not an end in itself. Kyle-Wilson has resurfaced, and it was a bad idea the first time around, and I don’t support it.” Starmer, the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have said publicly they would like to campaign for remain. But Trickett said earlier this month that he did not support the idea of a referendum that would pitch Johnson’s deal against remain. “A referendum before the election would imply a Tory Brexit against remain. I believe that the majority in the country voted for leave - and I feel that a Labour Brexit can only be delivered by a Labour government. Corbyn opened the meeting on Tuesday by reminding shadow cabinet members not to stray from Labour’s agreed policies in media appearances, according to those present.
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