Brexit: Labour deputy Tom Watson calls for referendum ahead of election

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In a bombshell intervention deepening Labour's civil struggle over Europe, the deputy chief will this present day narrate the 2016 vote modified into as soon as too lengthy ago to be official, and that a single-anxiety election would not fracture the Brexit impasse.

"It will put us at the mercy of Trump and the big United States corporations itching to get their teeth further into our NHS, sound the death knell for our steel industry, and permanently drive down rights and protections for workers".

Yesterday trade unions endorsed leader Jeremy Corbyn's position, which is that the party would not commit to Leave or Remain going into a General Election.

"Anybody who says it's all - this stuff about it being anti-democratic - I mean donnez-moi un break - what a load of nonsense", the Prime Minister said on a visit to a primary school in London.

"Only Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will deliver Brexit by 31 October, no ifs or buts, so we can move on and focus on the issues that matter to people - investing in the NHS, reducing violent crime and cutting the cost of living".

The 70-year-old said an incoming Labour government would hold a new referendum - with Remain and a "credible" option for Leave on the ballot paper.

"And I can tell you this: we're ready for that election".

He said: "While Labour supported remaining in the European Union to protect workers' rights, we can not hide from the fact that too much of the European Union also had aspects of the old model, putting the interests of big business over ordinary people".


He warned that Johnson was pursuing a "Trump deal Brexit", and accused him of, "hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth to those at the top".

Owen Smith said Labour should be clear in opposing Brexit. This speech does not reflect Labour policy in any way.

Answering his critics as he spoke, who insisted that he should no longer sit among other left-wingers because of his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, Austin shot back: "I left the labour party to shine a spotlight on the disgrace it has become under his leadership, and because I regard myself as proper, decent traditional labour, not like the extremists who have taken over this party and are dragging it in the mud".

"In the next few weeks the establishment will come after us with all they've got, because they know we're not afraid to take them on".

With only seven weeks until Britain is due to quit the European Union, the future of Brexit is as unclear as ever, with the possible outcomes ranging from the world's fifth largest economy leaving without a deal to the 2016 referendum being overturned.

The Welsh Government's Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has described his own party's position on Brexit as "utter BS".

McDonnell suggested on Sunday the party would not seek to open lengthy negotiations with Brussels, but would be hoping to rubber-stamp something like Theresa May's deal, with the addition of the compromises Labour had secured during the cross-party talks earlier this year.

Speaking in Brighton, Corbyn said: "Congress, the coming general election will be a chance for a real change of direction".

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