September 24, 2018 / 6:57 AM / 25 days ago

Labour to keep second Brexit vote on table, but only on final deal - McDonnell

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party would keep the option for a second vote on any Brexit deal struck with the European Union on the table but it would prefer a national election to sort out the issue, its finance spokesman said on Monday.

The Labour Party's shadow Chancellor of the Echequer John McDonnell speaks to journalists as he arrives at the party's conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

“We believe general election is the best solution because people can then have a wide-ranging debate and also then choose the team that would then do the negotiations,” John McDonnell told Sky News.

“If we can’t get a general election, we’ve kept the option of People’s Vote on the table and that’s what we’ll go for, but I’d much prefer a general election,” he said, adding a second vote would be on the deal itself rather than leaving the EU because the party would respect the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

Writing by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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