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one of many Labour MPs who want the party to back Remain, will say in a London speech the 2016 referendum result is “no longer valid” because circumstances have changed.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