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UK Labour leader calls for general election or second referendum

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves after voting in the European Parliament elections in London on May 23, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party proposes again that the country’s people be given a new say on Brexit, whether through a general election or a second referendum.

By either re-electing their representatives -- who deal with Brexit on the official level -- or attending another referendum on the matter, the public would be given a new chance to choose whether the country should remain in or leave the European Union, Reuters quoted Jeremy Corbyn on Monday as saying.

In June 2016, the country voted in favor of departure from the EU by March 29 this year. The deadline was, however, missed as London failed to strike a deal with the bloc on the status of bilateral relations following the separation.

Parliament has, meanwhile, repeatedly frowned on the composition of deals proposed by former premier Theresa May and negotiated between her and European officials.

“With the Conservatives disintegrating and unable to govern, and parliament deadlocked, this issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote,” Corbyn said.

“Over the coming days we will have conversations across our party and movement, and reflect on these results on both sides of the Brexit divide,” he added.

Corbyn had called for the elections on Friday too after May announced her resignation in the aftermath of the long-drawn-out deadlock with Parliament. He had said in a tweet that May was “right to resign” and whoever replaced her as leader of the ruling Conservative Party had to call an election.

A whole array of officials are now vying for premiership, most notably UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a prominent member of the Conservative Party, and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

The next Tory leader will be elected in July in a postal ballot of 100,000 party members. The vote will be on two final candidates chosen by party members from the current pool of aspirants.

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