Brexit - how Parliament can try to get best outcome for Britain
I have had many emails about Brexit and calls for a second referendum, and of course this has been part of the debate at Labour’s conference this week.
My views on a second referendum are based on the realities of our current situation and parliamentary process.
To start with there is absolutely no possibility of a second referendum until and unless the Government is defeated on the EU deal or no deal vote in parliament.
That seems unlikely unless Labour is able to build a broader coalition than it currently is able to. I suspect that there are very few Tories prepared to accept a second referendum vote.
There is also a real problem not only in how another vote would be conducted given the disasters of the last one, but also whether any result other than a very clear Remain would change anything.
Instead it would be better for Parliament to pursue this process carefully with clever tactics. Chequers is dead and if the PM pushes on with it she will be defeated.
This will then lead to a vote of no confidence which, if the Government falls apart, has to result in a General Election. If Labour wins it would have a mandate for new negotiations with the EU. If those are successfully concluded then the Government will put those proposals to the people in a referendum which can accept that deal hopefully.
This is complicated but is much more honest and practicable way of achieving the best result for the UK, than calling for a rushed second referendum.