Jeremy Corbyn set to endorse a plan to put May’s deal to a public vote

The party warms to a proposal that aims to break deadlock by backing deal, subject to a ‘confirmatory referendum’

Labour is preparing to offer its most strident support yet for a second referendum by voting for a plan to put Theresa May’s Brexit deal to a public vote.

AS reported ” Mr Corbyn said the party will likely back an amendment by two Labour backbenchers which would allow Mrs May’s deal through parliament in return for putting it to a public vote.

Speaking on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday he said the party would likely whip MPs to back the deal once he has “seen the wording”

But Mr Corbyn wouldn’t be drawn on on how he would vote in any referendum saying it would “depend” on the deal on offer.

The agreement for the Labour leadership to throw itself behind the amendment written by MPs Phil Wilson and Peter Kyle came after tense negotiation in the last few week.

It comes as the Labour leader reached out to all sides of the Brexit divide in a bid to break the deadlock.

The Kyle-Wilson amendment is likely to be tabled when Theresa May brings her deal for a third Meaningful Vote on Tuesday.=

Speaking on Sky News about the amendment Mr Corbyn said: “Yes we will be supporting it but we’ve obviously got to see the wording of it.”

“The priority is to make sure that we don’t crash out on the 29th of March.”

Corbyn has long been under pressure by members of his party to back a second referendum, or People’s Vote, on Britain’s membership of the EU but fears alienating those Labour voters

Mr Kyle said backing his amendment would allow Parliament to avoid chaos.

He said:“My fear is we will lurch into wildly unpredictable territory, such as a disastrous general election or Britain crashing out of the EU, with the UK seen as a basket-case country the like of which Europe has not seen for a long time.”

Mr Corbyn is appealing to Labour, Tory, DUP, SNP , Lib Dems and Welsh Nats to help him thrash out a compromise acceptable to MPs.

He has now invited the various factions to join him in talks with shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer and shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

In a letter to the MPs Mr Corbyn wrote: “It must now be incumbent on us to do our best to work together and find a solution that ends the needless uncertainty.”

Mr Corbyn said the starting point would be Labour’s Norway plus proposal for a customs union and single market alignment.

But he added: “We are keen to see if there is scope to find common ground between our respective proposals and to work together to break the impasse.”

The letter is going our to the likes of Labour’s Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper who tabled amendments to Theresa May ’s withdrawal deal.

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