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Brexit: Labour Party Irish Society urges Jeremy Corbyn to back second referendum

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THE Labour Party Irish Society (LPIS) has urged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to back a second referendum on Brexit.

LPIS, which describes itself as the "voice of the Irish community in the Labour Party", has called for the public to have a "final say" vote.

It comes amid renewed calls for a so-called People's Vote after MPs rejected British prime minister Theresa May's proposed UK-EU deal by a record-breaking 230 votes.

LPIS has backed a motion calling for Labour to campaign for a second referendum.

It says an option to remain in the European Union should be on the ballot paper, and Labour should back a Remain vote in any such poll.

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LPIS secretary Matthew Doyle accused Tory Brexiteers of being "willing to throw the Good Friday Agreement under the bus and risk the return of a border on the island of Ireland".

"This is totally unacceptable. It's right that we as the Labour Party Irish Society take the lead by speaking out now to say that there is no better deal that the one we have now with Britain and Ireland together in the European Union," he said.

"The politicians are deadlocked. It's time to give the public a final say in a referendum so that we can protect the peace and prosperity that Britain and Ireland have enjoyed since the Good Friday Agreement and keep the benefits of our European Union membership."

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