So … exactly when did the Labour Party become a political party that supported Brexit? We had two successive National Conferences that strongly supported first, the view that the UK should remain in the EU (2015) and secondly, post referendum, that “[Conference] recognises that many of those who voted to leave the EU were expressing dissatisfaction with EU or national policy and were voting for change, but believes that unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable then the option of retaining EU membership should be retained,” the motion says. “The final settlement should therefore be subject to approval, through Parliament and potentially through a general election or a referendum.“
But Labour’s National Executive Committee subsequently stated that the motion was passed due to an error in compositing and was not party policy. “Conference policy on Brexit has been misinterpreted in some reports as committing Labour to a second referendum on UK membership for the EU, so for the avoidance of doubt we want to make clear that it is not our policy”.
“We have called for the government to be transparent and inclusive in their process and to respect rights at work and other protections that the EU provided. Those issues will be our focus in holding the Tory government to account.”