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Abbott needs to clarify letter on referendum

November 29, 2017 7:59 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats put into the public domain letters Abbott wrote to constituents announcing that she supports a referendum.

Diane Abbott's letter stated "I will argue for the right of the electorate to vote on any deal that is finally agreed"

But when contacted by journalists, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary then claimed that her letter had been "poorly worded". However, anti-Brexit Labour MPs congratulated Abbott on her letter attacking Brexit.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake, due to table an amendment in parliament in December to give the people a vote on the final deal, said:

"Diane Abbott's letter seemed clearly worded to me. If she wants to avoid the impression that she says one thing in Hackney and another in Westminster, she needs to explain what her position is.

"Hackney voted 78% remain yet Jeremy Corbyn has consistently ordered his MPs through the division lobbies to support Theresa May's extreme Brexit. Diane Abbott has also voted for Brexit."