Tom Watson has mentioned a second Brexit referendum ought to occur earlier than any election, describing it as “the one means” to interrupt the impasse “as soon as and for all”.
In feedback that would reignite Labour’s debate over its Brexit coverage, the occasion’s deputy chief mentioned that whereas an election may appear “inevitable”, campaigns the place single points dominate the agenda have been by no means fascinating.
“Boris Johnson has already conceded that the Brexit disaster can solely be solved by the British individuals,” Mr Watson mentioned.
“However the one method to break the Brexit impasse as soon as and for all is a public vote in a referendum.
“A normal election would possibly properly 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.
Talking on the TUC convention in Brighton on Tuesday, he mentioned an incoming Labour authorities would maintain a second referendum.
Mr Corbyn mentioned remaining within the EU and a “credible” possibility to depart the bloc can be on the poll paper.
However he has but to say which of those he would assist.
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 Stay.
And he argued it was not too late for Labour to win again Stay voters who might have been off by the occasion’s perceived confusion over its Brexit place.
Mr Watson advised the Artistic 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 drastically choose to come back again; they simply need us to take an unequivocal place that no matter occurs we’ll battle to stay, and to sound like we imply it.
“If we did it we might win, whereas if we do not I concern we cannot.”
Mr Watson has clashed with Mr Corbyn up to now on the difficulty of a second referendum, in addition to the occasion’s dealing with of antisemitism complaints.
He defended himself towards the suggestion that he was being unhelpful by publicly discussing a place that was not occasion coverage.
“Everybody is aware of we’ve got received to offer a bit of to discover a parliamentary resolution to what’s a nationwide disaster,” Mr Watson mentioned.
“All I am saying, to do with my very own private contribution, let’s all give a bit of and perhaps we will discover a means by way of this.”
He additionally denied his intervention was a pitch for Mr Corbyn’s job.
“It is not a job software that I gave in the present day and neither is it a resignation,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, 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’ll shut us up. Nothing could possibly be farther from the reality.
“Simply as we labored all through the summer season to move a regulation stopping no deal, so we are going to work every day we’re shut right down to implement that regulation.”
Sir Keir echoed Mr Watson’s name for a second referendum, saying it was the “solely means” to interrupt the impasse and “clear up the mess left by the Tories”.
“And that’s the reason Jeremy was proper to say at Congress yesterday that an incoming Labour authorities will decide to a referendum,” he mentioned.
Responding to Mr Watson’s remarks, Conservative Social gathering chairman James Cleverly mentioned they confirmed Labour wished to overturn the 2016 referendum consequence.
“This newest trick would imply delaying Brexit once more for as much as a yr, handing over £250m every week to Brussels for no goal.
“Labour are operating fearful of an election and solely supply extra dither and pointless delay.
“Solely Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will ship Brexit by October 31, no ifs or buts, so we will transfer on and concentrate on the problems that matter to individuals – investing within the NHS, decreasing violent crime and chopping the price of dwelling.”