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07/12/2018 12:05:19  

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, has rejected warnings from Len McCluskey, the Unite leader, that Labour members would see support for a second Brexit referendum as a betrayal, my colleague Severin Carrell reports. McCluskey, who wields substantial influence within the party, told a group of Labour MPs earlier this week the party could alienate supporters by backing a fresh referendum, and urged them to stick to Labour’s alternative Brexit plan. But McDonnell said that in a choice between staying in the EU and Theresa May’s deal he would vote to remain. Asked during a visit to Glasgow on Friday if the Unite general secretary was right supporters would see that as a betrayal, McDonnell said: “No.” He said that if there were a second referendum it was “inevitable” the choice for voters on the ballot would be remain versus Theresa May’s deal, adding “and if it was I would vote remain.”

You can read Severin’s full story here.

Related: John McDonnell rejects union warning over second referendum

Matthew Goodwin, the academic who is co-author of a very readable and thought-provoking new book about “national populism”, has joined the debate about Norway plus. He doesn’t think it’s a solution either.

I understand why some support a Norway #Brexit. They are sincere in wanting the best for Britain & a way through. But Norway is not a meaningful reply to the two drivers of the Brexit vote: reform of free movement; & restoration of sovereignty. It is a seed for further division

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