Brexit news – live: Labour ‘moving closer to new EU referendum’ amid fresh party splits as ninth MP this week quits



Lizzy Buchan and Tom Barnes | The Independent

John McDonnell has insisted that Labour is “moving towards” supporting a second referendum as the party seeks to stem the flow of defections over Brexit.

The shadow chancellor spoke out at the end of a dramatic week when 8 Labour MPs and 3 Tories broke away to form the Independent Group, in protest at the leadership of both parties.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin became the ninth MP to quit Labour on Friday over its handling of antisemitism allegations – but he said he had no plans to join the breakaway group.

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