Tom Watson to widen Labour’s Brexit split with calls for second EU referendum before general election




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LABOUR’S deputy leader Tom Watson will today widen his party’s Brexit split by calling for a second referendum before a general election.

He will say: “The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum. A general election might well fail to solve this chaos.”

Tom Watson will today widen Labour’s Brexit split by calling for a second EU referendum before a general election
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Watson will also call for Labour to “unambiguously and unequivocally back Remain”.

It cuts across Jeremy Corbyn’s official policy of triggering a general election as soon as a No Deal Brexit on October 31 is no longer possible.

Corbyn has said that if elected he will then hold a second referendum which offers voters a “credible Leave option” alongside Remain.

His deputy’s plan would mean extending the current deadlocked Parliament for at least six months until a referendum could be held.

Watson, one of many Labour MPs who want the party to back Remain, will say in a London speech the 2016 referendum result is “no longer valid” because circumstances have changed.


Labour MP Caroline Flint blasted Mr Watson’s plan.

She said: “This is fantasy politics. There is no Parliamentary majority for a second referendum.

“We should concentrate on getting a Brexit deal to regain some of the public trust in Parliament that is clearly being lost.”

It cuts across Jeremy Corbyn’s policy of triggering a general election as soon as a No Deal Brexit is no longer possible
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Labour MP Caroline Flint blasted Mr Watson’s plan and dubbed it ‘fantasy politics’
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