Published: Thu, September 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Tom Watson calls for second Brexit referendum as Parliament suspension ruled unlawful

Tom Watson calls for second Brexit referendum as Parliament suspension ruled unlawful

Recent special elections have shown the pro-Brexit vote split between the parties, handing results to the Liberal Democrats and Labour parties respectively when a Brexit coalition could have comfortably won. "If we all now run back to our preferred positions and say we're not going to move from this point, we put no-deal back in play by virtue of ruling everything else out", he added.

The prime minister lurched into his own unique French translation of "give me a break" to insist the five-week closure had nothing to do with Brexit.

"The prime minister will not be doing a deal with Nigel Farage", said a Number 10 spokesman.

Corbyn has said he wants an election and that Labour will then offer a referendum with both leave and remain options.

It follows an internal battle at the top of the Labour party over whether they will campaign to stay in the European Union in any circumstances in a future General Election.

Fresh Labour Party divisions have opened up over Brexit with a call from deputy leader Tom Watson for a vote on a second referendum before any general election.

He said there was "no such thing as a good Brexit deal" and the result of the 2016 vote to Leave is "no longer a valid" because it took place almost four years ago.

Mr Corbyn favours holding an election as soon as Brexit has been delayed and a no-deal withdrawal has been ruled out. "And if we did it we could win, whereas if we don't I fear we won't".

Lewis told MPs: "Because [Jeremy Corbyn's] leadership has the led to the party of anti-racism and equality becoming the party of institutionalised antisemitism, so much so Mr Speaker that the majority of Jews in this country feel they would not be safe in the event of him becoming Prime Minister".

Asked whether Tom Watson is wrong in his view that there should be a referendum before an election, he replied: "It's Tom's view".

Party policy is to push for a general election later this year, after they are certain that Boris Johnson can't deliver a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

Mr Farage says he will not field candidates in any of the Conservatives' existing seats and targets if, in return, the Tories stand aside in more than 80 Leave-voting constituencies where they are unlikely to win.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer stopped short of fully endorsing Mr Watson, but said Labour is united around the idea that another referendum on Brexit should be included in the party's manifesto. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A ComRes poll for the Daily Telegraph suggested 43% of voters believe the United Kingdom should leave without a deal on October 31 if the European Union refuses to make any more concessions compared to 32% who disagree and 25% who answered "don't know".

The Government described the scope of the information requested as "disproportionate and unprecedented", adding in a statement after the vote: "We will consider the implications of this vote and respond in due course".

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