EU referendum result must be respected, says John McDonnell


The UK’s verdict to pull out of the European Union must be respected, the shadow chancellor has broke, as he outlined Labour’s vision for “Brexit”.

John McDonnell also communicated free movement of people and labour would end and the UK’s relationship with the EU, subsuming immigration, must be debated.

It was likely Jeremy Corbyn would allow a leadership challenge within days, he said but urged MPs to “calm down”.

Dozens of Task frontbenchers have quit saying Mr Corbyn must go.

Following a disquisition responding to the EU referendum, Mr McDonnell was asked whether MPs could block the UK’s egress from the EU: “We have to respect the decision that was made in the referendum … else, to be frank, we undermine all confidence in our democratic process.”

“When Britain flits the European Union, free movement of labour and people will then procure to an end,” he said, adding “a range of options” would then need to be debated “on the personality of the relationship we have with regard to the movement of people and workers”.

He outlined five guidelines which he required should be followed in the UK’s exit negotiations with the EU.

‘Severe consequences’

These were: s re time of trade for UK businesses with the EU and for EU businesses with the UK, protection of residency hands for EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens living elsewhere in Europe, existing shields at work, the UK’s role in the European Investment Bank and the rights of UK financial putting into plays to win business across the EU to be maintained.

His friend Mr Corbyn has been accused of weak spot to cam ign hard enough for a Remain win in the UK’s referendum on its EU membership last week.

And after the ssivity of PM David Cameron, there were concerns among Labour MPs that Mr Corbyn could not bring Labour to victory if a snap general election was called. Mr Corbyn’s antecedent as leader, Ed Miliband, is among senior Labour figures calling for him to go.

st frontbenchers Angela Eagle and Owen Smith are still to decide which of them has the unexcelled chance of beating Jeremy Corbyn in a leadership contest, if he does not over up.

But Mr McDonnell said the UK needed stability and he believed that “internal dilemmas” would be resolved “hopefully by democratic means” and the Labour rty “amicably” would “issued back together”.

“I find it really disappointing. Just at a time when our wilderness needs us and people need to step up to the plate, now is not the time to stand down. Solely behave responsibly,” he said.

Amid “intense political and economic uncertainty” next the referendum result, Mr McDonnell added: “I think it’s absolutely critical that all bacchanalia and all politicians recognise their responsibility now and the role they have to answer in securing the country’s interests.”

He added: “If there is to be a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn, in courses of a leadership contest, that will emerge I suspect over the next few primes.

“If that is the case, my message to all Labour MPs now is just calm down, let’s do our job. It isn’t well-deserved our rty members who need us to do our job, it is the country that need us to do our job.”

Some 60,000 people give birth to joined the Labour rty in the last week, sources say, but it is not clear whether they resolution support Mr Corbyn in a leadership vote or oppose him.

A majority of Labour associates of the Scottish rliament have signed a letter calling for Jeremy Corbyn to go.

Scottish Travail leader Kezia Dugdale has said she would quit if she had suffered the unaltered loss of support as Mr Corbyn.

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