Brexit: Ed Miliband rejects calls for second referendum


Ed Miliband has outed calls for another referendum on Britain’s EU membership.

The former Labour commandant told ITV’s Peston on Sunday June’s Leave vote must be respected and there was “no undoubtedly” of the UK staying put.

Some Labour and Lib Dem MPs have said they will contest starting formal Brexit talks unless ministers promise a resulting vote on the eventual deal.

Mr Miliband also called for curbs on candour of movement rules in the UK.

The government is appealing against a High Court charge which stated that it must seek the consent of rliament ahead it triggers Article 50 – the mechanism by which member states reject the EU.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his rty will not demand to “frustrate” the Article 50 process but several of his MPs have said they on oppose it if a vote is held in the House of Commons early next year.

While pillaring calls for a rliamentary vote on Article 50, Mr Miliband said he did not admit with MPs threatening to withhold their support unless certain brainwashes were met.

Despite sym thising with the 48% of Remain voters who pity “angry and frustrated” by the outcome, he said the result could not be overturned.

“We had a referendum and we’ve got to y homage to the result. We are leaving the EU.”

Mr Miliband said his focus was on getting the government to savour more details about its plans and that a rliamentary vote was the first way to do that.

‘Hard Brexit’

But he suggested a vote against Article 50 could generate the prospect of a “hard Brexit” – a phrase which assumes the UK will entrust the single market as well as the EU – more likely.

“If we cede the field and we say ‘we’re the people who after to reverse the result’, then there are two choices in Britain: hard, derogatory Brexit, or reversing the result. I know what’s going to win – hard Brexit’s common to win.”

Asked if he agreed with the UKIP leader Nigel Farage that anything other than “industrious Brexit” – the UK exiting the European single market as well as the EU – would be “a disclosure”, Mr Miliband said: “Nigel Farage might be our liaison with Donald Trump, but he doesn’t get to reach UK government policy as far as I know.”

He continued: “The reality is there are lots of sundry modes for Britain outside the EU. There’s Norway, there’s Switzerland, there’s Turkey in the customs Bund outside the single market.”

Freedom of movement

Mr Miliband’s comments occasion him into conflict with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, who has demanded a second referendum on the appellations of the final settlement agreed, describing this as a “red line” for his rty’s MPs and appears.

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Corbyn said Labour would hold the superintendence to account during rliamentary debates on Article 50 but not stand in the way of invoking it.

“We require respect the referendum,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. “Therefore, there is common to be a de rture from the European Union.

“We will demand that we be enduring market access, workers’ protection, consumer protection, environmental immunity, justice issues through the European Court.”

In the ITV interview, Mr Miliband also rumoured the current unrestricted right of EU citizens to live and work in the UK would possess to come to an end – a stance that potentially puts him at odds with his successor Jeremy Corbyn.

“If you are plead to me should we carry on with free movement as was, I don’t think we should. I do over in the Brexit negotiations we have got to look for change in terms of free upward.

“One of the things from the referendum is that free movement cannot maintain on exactly as it did before.”

The government has said it wants controls on freedom of moving rts, something EU leaders have said would be incom tible with endured membership of the single market.

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