Responding to John McDonnell’s refusal to say whether he’d back Leave or Remain in a future EU referendum, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said:
“The Labour Party leadership is betraying Remain voters on the biggest issue facing the country since the Second World War.
"The adoption of a position of ‘neutrality’ in the face of Brexit - a project of an elite made up of Johnson, Farage, Rees-Mogg and the rest - pre-empts the Labour Party Special Conference which was supposed to determine the leadership’s position on whether to back Leave or Remain.
“Saving the NHS and safeguarding our public services will be so much harder if we Brexit but Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are simply sitting on the sidelines, acting as bystanders rather than stopping it happening.
“Liberal Democrats will be the strong voice that Remainers need, fighting unequivocally to stop Brexit so we can build a brighter future.”