Labour’s Brexit stance in the general election was the “right policy”, the favourite to replace Jeremy Corbyn as the party’s next leader has told Sky News.
Sir Keir Starmer defended the party’s position on Britain’s EU exit, despite Labour suffering its worst performance at the ballot box since the 1930s.
The party lost 59 seats and saw its vote share drop by more than 7% as Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street with a commanding majority of 80.
Labour went into December’s election promising to renegotiate the Brexit deal that Mr Johnson had struck with Brussels if it got into power.
The party said it would then hold a second referendum, with a special conference to be held at a later date to decide whether Labour would back leaving the bloc with that deal or staying.
Sir Keir defended the policy, telling Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I thought it was the right policy.”
But he argued Labour should have declared which side it would have supported in the ensuing referendum it was advocating.