•  Owen Smith admitted Britain is ‘not  crying out for’ another Brexit referendum 
  •  The shadow Northern Ireland Secretary had campaigned for a second vote 
  •  Jeremy Corbyn said he would vote ‘Remain’ if the Brexit contest was re-run

Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

A Labour frontbencher last night admitted there is ‘no appetite’ for a second Brexit referendum – despite Jeremy Corbyn revealing he would vote Remain in a rerun.

Arch-Remainer Owen Smith admitted he had been a ‘voice in the wilderness’ in calling for another referendum.

And the shadow Northern Ireland Secretary suggested he had listened to the British public and given up on his hopes to reverse last year’s vote.

His admission comes after the Labour leader said he would vote to stay in the EU if the vote was re-run. 

Speaking on BBC One’s Question Time, Mr Smith was quizzed over his attempt last summer to make the country hold another referendum.

Labour frontbencher Owen Smith, pictured on the BBC's Question Time programme last night, admitted there is no popular demand for a second Brexit referendum 

Labour frontbencher Owen Smith, pictured on the BBC's Question Time programme last night, admitted there is no popular demand for a second Brexit referendum 

Labour frontbencher Owen Smith, pictured on the BBC’s Question Time programme last night, admitted there is no popular demand for a second Brexit referendum 

He said: ‘I don’t see any appetite for a second referendum to tell you the truth.

‘I don’t see the country crying out for one, so I expect I am (one of the) voices in the wilderness.’

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn said he would still back Remain if the referendum was re-run – despite Britain being the midst of the crunch negotiations.

Theresa May got into political hot water earlier this week when she refused several times to say if she would change her mind and back ‘Leave’ in another referendum.

Critics said her failure to come out and say she would now back Brexit risked undermining Britain’s position in the negotiations. 

And now the Labour leader has said he would still not back Brexit if the country returned to the polling stations.

He said: ‘There isn’t going to be another referendum, so it’s a hypothetical question.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured showing of his artistic skills while on a visit to Shipley yesterday, said he would vote 'remain' if the Brexit referendum was re-run tomorrow 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured showing of his artistic skills while on a visit to Shipley yesterday, said he would vote 'remain' if the Brexit referendum was re-run tomorrow 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured showing of his artistic skills while on a visit to Shipley yesterday, said he would vote ‘remain’ if the Brexit referendum was re-run tomorrow 

‘But yes I voted Remain because I thought the best option was to remain, I haven’t changed my mind on that.

‘But we accept the result of the referendum therefore we want to make sure we obtain tariff-free access to the European markets and protection of all the rights and membership of agencies we have achieved through the European Union membership.’

Meanwhile, there are hopes for a fresh breakthrough in the negotiations – despite the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier yesterday saying the talks are in ‘deadlock’ because of a row over the divorce bill.

It emerged last night that EU leaders will give the green light next week to Brexit talks about a future trade deal with the UK.

The breakthrough follows pleas by Brexit Secretary David Davis and the Prime Minister.

They want European political chiefs to end the ‘disturbing’ stalemate in Brexit talks by loosening their rigid rules.

In a significant boost to Britain, the bloc’s leaders will finally start drawing up plans for a future trading relationship with Britain. 

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