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Watson: Hold Brexit referendum before an election

Tom Watson has mentioned a second Brexit referendum ought to occur before any election, describing it as “the only way” to interrupt the impasse “once and for all”.

In feedback that might reignite Labour’s debate over its Brexit coverage, the occasion’s deputy chief mentioned that whereas an election might sound “inevitable”, campaigns the place single points dominate the agenda have been by no means fascinating.

“Boris Johnson has already conceded that the Brexit crisis can only be solved by the British people,” Mr Watson mentioned.

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“But the one technique to break the Brexit impasse as soon as and for all is a public vote in a referendum.

“A basic election may effectively fail to unravel this Brexit chaos.”

Jeremy Corbyn has made clear that his precedence is for an election as soon as a no-deal Brexit on 31 October has been averted.

Speaking on the TUC convention in Brighton on Tuesday, he mentioned an incoming Labour authorities would maintain a second referendum.

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Mr Corbyn mentioned remaining within the EU and a “credible” choice to depart the bloc can be on the poll paper.

But he has but to say which of those he would help.

Mr Watson firmly nailed his colors to the mast in his speech, saying that his occasion ought to commit “unambiguously and unequivocally” to campaigning for Remain.

And he argued it was not too late for Labour to win again Remain voters who could have been off by the occasion’s perceived confusion over its Brexit place.

Mr Watson advised the Creative Industries Federation in London: “My expertise on the doorstep tells me most of those that’ve abandoned us over our Brexit coverage did so with deep remorse and would tremendously want to come back again; they simply need us to take an unequivocal place that no matter occurs we’ll combat to stay, and to sound like we imply it.

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Image: Sir Keir Starmer mentioned one other referendum was the ‘solely approach’ to interrupt the impasse

“If we did it we could win, whereas if we don’t I fear we won’t.”

Mr Watson has clashed with Mr Corbyn previously on the problem of a second referendum, in addition to the occasion’s dealing with of antisemitism complaints.

He defended himself in opposition to the suggestion that he was being unhelpful by publicly discussing a place that was not occasion coverage.

“Everyone knows we have got to give a little to find a parliamentary solution to what is a national crisis,” Mr Watson mentioned.

“All I’m saying, to do with my own personal contribution, let’s all give a little and maybe we can find a way through this.”

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He additionally denied his intervention was a pitch for Mr Corbyn’s job.

“It isn’t a job application that I gave today and nor is it a resignation,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, Mr Watson’s shadow cupboard colleague Sir Keir Starmer has insisted that Labour is not going to be silenced in its makes an attempt to cease a no-deal Brexit by Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament.

In a speech to the TUC, the shadow Brexit secretary mentioned: “Prime Minister Johnson now thinks that by shutting down Parliament he will shut us up. Nothing might be farther from the reality.

“Just as we labored all through the summer time to go a legislation stopping no deal, so we’ll work each day we’re shut all the way down to implement that legislation.”

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Sir Keir echoed Mr Watson’s name for a second referendum, saying it was the “only way” to interrupt the impasse and “clean up the mess left by the Tories”.

“And that is why Jeremy was right to say at Congress yesterday that an incoming Labour government will commit to a referendum,” he mentioned.

Responding to Mr Watson’s remarks, Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly mentioned they confirmed Labour wished to overturn the 2016 referendum end result.

“This newest trick would imply delaying Brexit once more for as much as a yr, handing over £250m per week to Brussels for no function.

“Labour are working fearful of an election and solely supply extra dither and pointless delay.

“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will deliver Brexit by October 31, 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.”

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