Transport union back Scottish Labour move to support 'People's Vote'

Scottish Labour's executive committee has voted to back a second "confirmatory" referendum on Brexit, and also agreed the party would campaign to remain.

Richard Leonard asked the ruling executive to back his proposals for a confirmatory referendum on Brexit, and said the party would also campaign for a "remain victory" in such a vote.

“I am pleased that Scottish Labour’s Executive Committee has endorsed my call for the party to back a confirmatory vote on any Brexit deal with Remain as an option on the ballot paper.

“Scottish Labour will wholeheartedly campaign for a Remain victory in such a vote," the Scottish Labour leader said.

Leonard confirmed the approach when speaking at the annual conference of the Transport and Salaried Staff Association.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes welcomed the news: "I am delighted to see Scottish Labour recognise that any Brexit will be a bad outcome for workers not only in Scotland but around the UK.

"It is right that Scottish Labour is going to stand up against that very real threat to jobs and comcommunities."

The Scottish Conservatives have refused to back such a vote, claiming it would set a precedent for a second independence referendum.

However, Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney said that it instead set a precedent for a confirmatory vote should there ever be a vote backing separation from the UK.

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