Independent Group table new Brexit amendment - MPs could DEMAND new referendum TOMORROW

The group of Remainers, headed by Gavin Shuker, announced they will submit the amendment for a second referendum at a vote tomorrow, having received support from the SNP and Liberal Democrats. All 11 MPs voted to remain part of the EU having campaigned for Remain. Other members of the group of rebels formed a week ago include Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith and Chuka Umunna. Former Labour MP Mr Umunna faced a blow over the weekend when it was revealed he was not elected leader of the group. 

Over the weekend Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner accused Mr Umunna of quitting the party solely because he knew he would never lead Labour.

He said: "It was fairly clear to me the reason he wanted to leave the Labour Party was that he knew he could never lead the Labour Party. This is about personality."

But, just minutes after the Luton South MP was announced as The Independent Group's convenor, Mr Shuker ruled himself out of becoming the permanent leader of any newly formed party, therefore leaving open the possibility of Mr Umunna taking on the role in the future.

 

The group have been campaigning for a People’s Vote on Mrs May’s deal which would see Britain have a final say on whether it should be accepted.

Currently, the deal will keep the UK tied to the EU’s single market and customs union, with Mrs May battling to get concessions on the Irish backstop headache.

A meaningful vote has today been pencilled in for March 11 and will take place in the House of Commons.

News the group will submit an amendment follows comments by Mrs May today that saw her declare Brexit could be delayed for two months.

With the clock constantly running down to the March 29 deadline, she told the House of Commons a no-deal would only happen with “explicit consent”, adding it is possible Article 50 would be extended by eight weeks.

She attempted to calm angry Brexiteers by insisting the delay would only be a “one-off” before stressing she would never cancel Brexit altogether.

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