Labour’s Deputy Tom Watson says he’ll launch bid for second referendum if PM doesn’t bend on Brexit


LABOUR’S Tom Watson will personally throw his weight behind a second referendum if Theresa May doesn’t change course on Brexit, he vowed last night.

The leftie said the PM should back a customs union or he’ll be rallying with other Remainers calling for another vote next month.

Tom Watson said he would soon get behind a second referendum
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The People’s Vote and others who want to keep us in the EU are marching through London in the coming weeks to demand the historic 2016 referendum be overturned.

But so far Labour has only said the option of backing another Brexit referendum is “on the table” and they want to try and force an election first.

Last night Deputy Leader Tom Watson wrote on his website: “If Theresa May can’t find it within herself to sign up to Labour’s red lines of close economic ties to the EU, then in line with our conference policy Labour should move towards a confirmatory ballot.

“If the PM doesn’t, I am likely to be at the rally for a People’s Vote on March 23rd.”

In the past few weeks Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have given hints they could soon throw their weight behind another vote.

They are set to be considering whether to get behind a backbencher amendment from Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson which would say they would back the PM’s deal – but only if she put it back to the people.

Labour are considering whether to amend the proposals to get Mr Corbyn’s deal on it too.

Mr Watson told the BBC yesterday: “We are heading in that direction, but there is still more play in the days ahead.”

The Deputy Labour boss said the PM had to accept Labour’s plans for a customs union to get her deal through
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The party has been on the fence as to whether to back a second Brexit vote or not – as the leftie leader tries his best to keep all sides happy.

But now they are under intense pressure to act as the Brexit impasse continues, and the clock ticks down to Brexit day on March 29.

Labour will risk the fury of their Brexit-voters in the North by throwing their weight behind another vote.


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