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John McDonnell confident Labour’s Brexit policy will appeal to Leave voters

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John McDonnell confident Labour’s Brexit policy will appeal to Leave voters

Brexit will not be the only factor determining the outcome of the UK election, says shadow chancellor.

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12/4/19, 2:12 PM CET

Updated 12/4/19, 2:13 PM CET

LONDON — Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell believes his party will succeed in keeping Leave voters onside in the upcoming general election.

At a campaign event in Birmingham Wednesday, McDonnell was challenged by journalists on whether the Labour Party is managing to prevent Brexit-backing voters from deserting to the Conservatives.

He replied that Jeremy Corbyn’s party is focused on its Brexit policy, which consists of negotiating a new “credible and sensible” Withdrawal Agreement with the EU within three months of forming a new British government, and putting that deal to a referendum with Remain as the alternative option within six months.

“Those people who still wish to see Britain leave have a sensible option to vote for, but people also have an option to remain,” McDonnell said.

“The key thing for us is to let the people decide, let them make the decision. And when they make the decision, we will implement it.”

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