A SWINDON Labour group has pushed for Parliament to hold a People’s Vote if the government cannot resolve its current Brexit plans deadlock.

South Swindon Labour passed an amended motion to try to ensure that a customs union is the minimum relationship that Labour would accept with the EU, because the party fears that a no-deal Brexit would be damaging to Swindon.

Sarah Church, parliamentary candidate for South Swindon, said: “I did support the motion, though I remain very reluctant to see the country go through another divisive and destructive referendum.

“I believe a no-deal Brexit is the worst outcome, so progress must be made, but anyone who thinks we can simply re-run the 2016 referendum is mistaken.

“This must be a last resort and give us clear and unequivocal choices on the reality of Brexit."

The local Labour party group also called for an extension to Article 50 in a bid to ensure that a no-deal Brexit wouldn’t happen by default when the UK leaves the EU on March 29 and that more time could be provided to come up with an alternative solution.

The motion reiterated the party’s position that, if a general election isn’t secured, all options are on the table - including a second vote or remaining in the EU with a reformed and improved relationship.

Support for a Citizen’s Assembly as a possible alternative to a People’s Vote to break the Parliament deadlock was also agreed.

Ms Church added: "I prefer a solution such as the Citizens’ Assembly, which is representative of society and a chance to take the heat out of deciding how to proceed.

“Any remain option must include acknowledgement of what needs to change in our relationship with the EU.”

These resolutions will now be passed to the National Executive Committee to make the national Labour Party’s leadership aware of the motion.

How to proceed with Brexit as the final days tick down towards the March 29 deadline has caused heated debates in the House of Commons.

Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland both supported Prime Minister Theresa May's deal, but it was voted down in the biggest defeat for a sitting government in modern history.

An unsuccessful vote of no confidence was tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which the PM managed to survive.

This week, Mrs May will discuss her next steps after reaching across the aisle and meeting with party leaders to discuss what they would like from a Brexit deal.