Thornberry tells her Remain supporters from hiding – ‘A vote for Labour WILL stop Brexit’

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The shadow foreign secretary said that the “only way” the UK could legitimately stay in the European Union was to deliver Labour’s confirmatory vote. She admitted she had been “frustrated” by Labour’s slow march to its final Brexit position of a second referendum, although she defended Mr Corbyn’s decision to remain neutral. She said: “It doesn’t really matter what Jeremy’s position is, what matters is what the public thinks, I think people can make their own minds up.”

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In an interview with The Mirror, Ms Thornberry added: “What I say to people who want to Remain is we can’t, certainly not the way the Liberals want to do which is to revoke.

“You can’t just go back on a decision in a referendum, but if after the public have seen what leaving really looks like versus Remain, it may well be that confirmatory referendum can be won by Remainers.

“But it does seem to me that the only way that one can Remain is if the public decide that is, in the end, what they want after these many years.”

A committed Remainer, Ms Thornberry claimed to understand the frustration of pro-Brexit voters, but said the Tories had shown themselves “incapable” of delivering Brexit.

She said: “This will be the final word.

“But I think in the end after the paralysis caused by a Conservative government unable to agree amongst itself what it wants to do, this is the way forward.”

The Labour politician spoke on the campaign trail amid suggestions that Mr Corbyn’s party was keeping high profile Remain-backing MPs out of sight.

She insisted she was “not hiding” but that her media appearances were a decision for party chiefs.

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Ms Thornberry claimed that Labour, which has been trailing in the polls, was closing the gap as undecided voters made their minds up.

She said: “It’s going to be up to the people and we will have to make the best of whatever decision they make.”

The SNP and Lib Dems would then be faced with the choice of backing or “bringing down” a Labour administration in favour of the Tories.

Ms Thornberry slammed Labour adviser Bob Kerslake who had claimed the party might be prepared to negotiate its leader in a hung parliament.

She said: “He’s obviously vastly experienced in terms of the civil service but clearly doesn’t know how the Labour party works.

“We decide on who our leader is, nobody else.”

She warned against speculation over who might take over if Mr Corbyn decided to step down.

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“Anybody who is thinking about anything other than winning the next election is not serving the Labour Party and our country best.”

However, Ms Thornberry batted way suggestions that any result other than forming a government could be classed as a Labour victory.

“All that matters is power. What matters is Labour getting into power. The Labour party without power is not much and we can’t change people’s lives without getting into Government.”

The opposition leader was “surely the worst job in the world”, he said, as the Tory press always tried to “cut them off at the knees”.

Ms Thornberry said that “things have moved on” since Mr Corbyn suggested that Nato should be scrapped.

“They can’t quote anything that Jeremy has said on Nato since becoming the leader of the Labour party that has not been supportive.”

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She claimed the Labour leader would continue to abide by collective decision making on defence and foreign affairs if he made it to No 10.

But she told activists that they should urge sceptical voters that you “weren’t voting for the manager, they were voting for the team”.

After Mr Corbyn apologised again for anti-semitism in its own ranks on Monday, Ms Thornberry admitted it would be “very difficult” to fix the party’s relationship with the Jewish community before the election.

“Trust has broken down. I accept that. I understand it. I don’t think it’s something that can be fixed quickly,” she said.

“There are so many things that a Labour government could do that could make the life of people in Britain better – and that includes people from the Jewish community.”

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‘Hiding’ Emily Thornberry tells Remainers – ‘A vote for Labour will STOP Brexit’

The shadow foreign secretary said that the “only way” the UK could legitimately stay in the European Union was to deliver Labour’s confirmatory vote. She admitted she had been “frustrated” by Labour’s slow march to its final Brexit position of a second referendum, although she defended Mr Corbyn’s decision to remain neutral.

The shadow foreign secretary said that the “only way” the UK could legitimately stay in the European Union was to deliver Labour’s confirmatory vote. She admitted she had been “frustrated” by Labour’s slow march to its final Brexit position of a second referendum, although she defended Mr Corbyn’s decision to remain neutral.

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