Are the 4ms bending Corbyn's ear to prevent a second Brexit referendum?

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Labour MPs hoping Jeremy Corbyn will swing behind supporting a second referendum have been dealt a further blow after the party's chairman savaged the idea.

The parliamentary backers of the People's Vote campaign said yesterday that without Labour frontbench support they would not have enough MPs to have any prospect of forcing the government's hand.

A source revealed that it was a "good and positive" meeting, and the leadership are seriously considering supporting an amendment to the withdrawal bill of the United Kingdom government, which could be voted on by the MPs next Tuesday.

With the chances of a long Brexit delay rising, the pressure is mounting on pro-Brexit MPs within Parliament to reconsider May's deal.

Dr Wollaston said that a People's Vote amendment could pass with the "unequivocal backing" of the Labour leadership.

Yet there was little sign on Thursday that either of the two major parties - which together hold 88 percent of the 650 seats in parliament - were prepared to compromise on key demands.

"But I think the most calamitous outcome would be for Parliament, having promised to respect the result of the referendum, to turn around and say it wouldn't".

The Liberal Democrats have tacked their own amendments on to the Labour proposal, one dumping Mr Corbyn's customs union as an option and the other requiring Remain to be on the ballot paper in any referendum.

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He said that no-deal could only be taken off the table if the Government "connived in doing it". Labour's John McDonnell has called the plan "sensible" and a number of senior Tories, such as Nicky Morgan and Sir Oliver Letwin, as well as Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb and Plaid Cymru's Ben Lake are ready to throw their weight behind it.

Since May's divorce deal with the European Union was rejected by 432-202 MPs last week, the biggest defeat in modern British history, MPs have been trying to plot a course out of the crisis, yet no option has the majority support of parliament.

Adding to the growing support was Work and Pensions secretary Amber Rudd, who told Theresa May earlier this week that up to 40 cabinet ministers could resign if faced with the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, and asked the PM to allow a free vote on the Cooper-Boles motion.

The EU was not impressed with May's speech on Monday, as highlighted by the fact that none of its top officials nor its Brexit negotiator made any comments - positive or negative.

Assuming May's deal struggles to gain support, and that Article 50 ends up being extended, this still doesn't answer the question of what eventual Brexit scenario will prevail.

Corbyn conceded that, if the party won power, parliament would likely need to delay Brexit beyond March 29 so it could renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.

May has been trying to tweak the Brexit deal by securing European Union approval for certain changes before bringing it back to another vote in Parliament next week.

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