For all the flaws in the way that 160,000 Conservative Party members are going about choosing its next leader and a prime minister on the behalf of the nation’s 46 million voters, the Labour party also seems to be suffering something of a democratic deficit.
One man, albeit a powerful one, is vetoing a second referendum on the EU. It is a throwback to the worst recesses of the power of the union barons. It must not stand.
As The Independent has reported, the leader of the Unite trade union, Len McCluskey was in effect set to block the party backing a Final Say referendum on Brexit at the shadow cabinet meeting by using his influence to stop it.
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