Commenting on the outcome of the Shadow Cabinet, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote, said:
“Step by step the Labour leadership are coming closer to the increasingly clear view of the party’s supporters, voters and members, that we must have a People’s Vote on any Brexit outcome and that staying in the European Union must be an option in that final say referendum.
“In recent months Labour has been losing support to parties that have a clearer stance in support of a People’s Vote by a factor of four to one in comparison to those that support No Deal or a harder form of Brexit. That erosion in our support is now extremely serious and threatens any prospect of Labour winning a future election, and so our party needs to speak clearly and loudly in support of a People’s Vote.
“As Tom Watson said earlier this week, Labour’s values are such that when a People’s Vote comes it is impossible to imagine Labour will be anything other than a party fighting for us to stay in Europe. Some unelected advisors around Jeremy Corbyn may wish to resist that, but the party’s grassroots will not let that happen. The resistance of that, increasingly isolated, group to letting Labour speak from the heart on this issue is still doing our party electoral damage and must come to an end.”