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At odds over Brexit: Tom Watson (left) and Jeremy Corbyn.

Let’s have a bit of clarity about Labour Party policy on the European Union and Brexit.

It is that, after Boris Johnson has been prevented from taking the UK out of the EU without any withdrawal agreement at all, Labour wants a general election at the earliest opportunity.

The intention is that this would result in a Labour – or Labour-led – government that would go back to the EU27 to negotiate a new withdrawal agreement.

This agreement would then be put to the people of the UK in a second referendum, alongside an option to remain in the EU.

It has been suggested that if Labour fails to get the deal wanted by party leaders, it will advise people to support remaining.

Tom Watson can say whatever he wants but it won’t change party policy; he is simply trying to cause mischief.

So his speech today (September 11), calling for a referendum before an election, is meaningless.

It’s a valid position, sure – one could argue very reasonably for a referendum before an election, because it would end an issue that has split voters across the UK, bringing us all back together to vote on the other issues affecting us, that have suffered a lack of publicity and debate due to Brexit.

An opposing argument may be that having a general election first would give a resulting Labour government a mandate to hold the negotiations and the second referendum it plans; this course of action would be approved by the public.

I think the latter approach is better. Don’t you?

Source: Brexit: Labour deputy Tom Watson calls for referendum ahead of election – BBC News

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