JEREMY Corbyn’s bid to defeat an attempt to enforce a second referendum as official Labour policy was on a knife edge last night.
Labour bosses are braced for a titanic row as they decide whether to put another vote at the centre of their EU election campaign at a crunch NEC meeting today.
Four union bosses and arch-Remainer Tom Watson are demanding Labour promises a second vote on whatever Brexit deal is done.
But Mr Corbyn is desperate to dodge the issue, fearing it will see Leave voters in Labour heartlands desert the party.
Analysis by The Sun reveals Labour’s 39-strong NEC is almost equally split on the hugely divisive issue – with eight leftie Momentum activists holding the balance of power.
Labour sources said they expect furious clashes at the meeting as Leavers and Remainers go head to head.
Thousands of Remainer Labour members have bombarded NEC members with emails demanding they back another vote
Momentum boss Jon Lansman last night refused to say how the group’s members will vote.
He said “any government deal” should be put to another vote – but Labour must “respect the result” of the 2016 referendum.
Momentum was set up to back Mr Corbyn, but they represent members who are overwhelmingly pro EU.
A Labour source told The Sun: “It will be interesting – they represent a membership 90 per cent pro Remain.
“Do they go with members or do they fall behind Jeremy?”
Labour are reportedly considering trying to fudge the issue by agreeing to only back a referendum on any deal proposed by the Government this side of a general election.
Meanwhile, thousands of Remainer Labour members have bombarded NEC members with emails demanding they back another vote.
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Mr Corbyn was humiliatingly forced to tear up his own EU election leaflets last week after he failed to include support for a second referendum on them.
Recent polls have suggested Nigel Farage’s Brexit party will beat Labour to top the polls in the EU elections at the end of May.
He has vowed to seize on Labour’s Brexit civil war to go after fed-up voters in the party northern heartlands
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