SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell has insisted he and Jeremy Corbyn are Remainers ‘deep’ in their hearts.
Mr McDonnell (pictured) also said former foreign secretary Boris Johnson ‘hasn’t helped’ by criticising the government’s cross-party talks with Labour to break the Brexit deadlock.
Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council conference in London, he said Mr Johnson’s suggestion a future leader can ignore any deal including a customs union with the EU ‘gives us no security’ and would be ‘a cataclysmic act of bad faith’.
Mr McDonnell said the issue of a public vote ‘of some sort’ had been raised, after shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said up to 150 Labour MPs could vote against a deal if a People’s Vote was not attached, but ‘there has not been much of a shift’.
He also called Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party ‘a rise of an alt-right politics that could damage our political system for the long term’.
No.10 has said it would ‘not sign up to a permanent customs union’ after 13 ex-ministers and the head of the 1922 bankbench committee urged Theresa May to reject Labour’s demand.
■ THERESA MAY will bring her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill back before MPs in the week beginning June 3, No.10 said last night. Her deal has been defeated three times. Talks with Labour to seek a ‘stable majority’ continue.