Brexit: Labour will whip MPs to back second referendum, says McDonnell

Shadow chancellor rules out giving free vote to Labour MPs in pro-Brexit constituencies

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has said the Labour party will whip its MPs to back a second referendum rather than offer a free vote, a move that senior backbencher Caroline Flint warned could lead to the rebellion of up to 60 MPs.

McDonnell said it would be common practice to see MPs whipped to support party policy, but said he understood the difficulties such a decision could pose for MPs in leave constituencies.

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