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TSSA leader urges Labour to back a second EU referendum

Manuel Cortes' comments contrast with Unite leader Len McCluskey's warning that Leave voters may fee betrayed by such a move

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said today that Labour should back a second Brexit referendum, with voters choosing between staying in and fighting for reform and leaving the European Union with a “Norway-plus” deal.

The travel union leader called for the party to hold a special conference to decide its policy on the EU question, arguing that, if it backs the option of a second popular vote, this stance would not be ignoring Leave voters.

Mr Cortes’s statement contrasts with a warning by Unite leader Len McCluskey that, if Labour backs a second Brexit vote, people who voted Leave could feel betrayed.

He was speaking at a meeting of Labour MPs from the party’s Unite group on Tuesday.

A Unite spokesperson said: “Len McCluskey repeated a number of times that a Conservative Brexit would be bad for working people. He urged MPs to hold their nerve as Labour’s alternative approach would deliver for the country.”

Labour’s shadow cabinet has been considering backing calls for a second referendum. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell recently suggested that a fresh poll would be “inevitable” if the party failed to secure its first choice of a general election.

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