Jeremy Corbyn says “we have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote”

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Labour should have argued for a second referendum, and then pledged to campaign to remain in Europe, says Emily Thornberry on her party’s EU election campaign//Crimson Tazvinzwa

The Labour Party must campaign for a second referendum to stop no-deal Brexit, a senior Labour frontbencher has said.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said she expected the party to have a set of “really bad results” in the European Parliament elections, and called for a change of direction from the leadership.

Speaking to BBC News, Ms Thornberry said: “I think we are going to get a kicking.

“I feel really sorry for all our MEPs who are going to lose their seats, all the candidates who work so hard and all our activists who, frankly, have not done well and it’s not their fault.

“I think that the point is that we went into an election where the most important issue was ‘what was our view on leaving the European Union’ and we were not clear about it.

“We were not clear on the one single thing that people wanted to hear and that wasn’t their fault.

“We sent people out to campaign on that and, unfortunately, we just weren’t clear enough.”

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