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Brexit: May could end impasse with ‘confirmatory’ vote, Sir Keir Starmer claims | Politics News

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Labour’s Brexit spokesman has suggested Theresa May could still end parliamentary deadlock by including a “confirmatory” public vote as part of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said he was doubtful a third attempt to get the WAB through parliament would succeed.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “They could seek to break the impasse by putting a confirmatory vote on the face of the bill. Whatever happens, they have got to find a way of breaking the impasse.

“What we can’t do is just keep on buying another week at a time, which is what the prime minister has been doing for months.”

It comes after a cabinet minister warned Mrs May must not risk calling a general election until Britain has exited the EU.

Sir Keir Starmer MP talks to Sopie Ridge in the glass box.
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Sir Keir Starmer says a ‘confirmatory’ vote could break the political impasse

Health Secretary Matt Hancock claimed an early election could hand the keys of No 10 to Jeremy Corbyn, and risk “killing Brexit altogether”.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Mr Hancock said: “I think a general election before we’ve delivered Brexit would be a disaster.

“People don’t want it. We need to take responsibility for delivering on the referendum result.

“Who knows what the outcome of a general election would be under these circumstances? A general election before that not only risks Jeremy Corbyn, but it risks killing Brexit altogether.”

Mrs May is set to make a final attempt to get her Brexit deal through parliament when she introduces the WAB in the first full week of June.

But following the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour on Friday, her chances of success seem remote.

The PM has also agreed to meet the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, following the second reading vote to agree at timetable for the election of her successor.

Boris Johnson has emerged as the overwhelming favourite among Tory activists to succeed Mrs May.

The former foreign secretary, already odds-on favourite with bookmakers, has a massive lead over his nearest rival, fellow Brexiteer Dominic Raab.

Of the others, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, were both on 9%, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 8%.

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