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Keir Starmer in denial: Labour’s Brexit chief squirms as he faces grilling on party split

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Labour’s Brexit chief said their party is trying to break the Brexit impasse despite campaigning for different things. His comments come as the deputy leader of the Labour Party said that a single-issue Brexit election may not break the deadlock in Parliament – something only a second referendum can achieve with certainty. Mr Watson argued that if a referendum were to follow an election, then Labour should commit “unambiguously and unequivocally” to campaign for Remain.

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Speaking to Sky News, Mr Starmer said: “Let me report that the Labour party is in good health and has had a very good week against the Prime Minister.

“They were in good spirits and we are agreed that there should be a referendum on anything that this Government brings back and that we should campaign for Remain.

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“We’re also agreed that an incoming Labour government would hold a referendum. That’s a very important commitment.

“Jeremy Corbyn has made clear that Remain should be on the ballot along with a credible leave option.

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“I think, sometimes we lose this in the technicalities, the country is yearning for the impasse to be broken so we’re saying ok, let’s do that.”

The difference in opinion comes as Emily Thornberry has contradicted herself on Labour’s Brexit policy.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary was savaged by Brexiteer Conservative MP Steve Baker who branded her “ludicrous” for campaigning for a second referendum while trying to get a new Brexit deal.

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The Chair of the European Research Group criticised Labour’s policy on Brexit suggested they wouldn’t even make it to the electorate.

Ms Thornberry has previously said, if in power, Labour would negotiate a Brexit deal keeping the UK in the customs union but will then go on to campaign for a second referendum.

But Mr Baker said Labour would never come to power because its MPs couldn’t stand and tell people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the country.

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Speaking on Politics live, Mr Baker said: “Emily has taken this ludicrous position that she can negotiate a deal and then campaign for Remain against it.

“The contradiction in Labour’s position are just legion.

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“But the particularly problems that Labour has is I’m not sure the party would survive contract even with the manifesto process still less the electorate and they know it.

“There are plenty of Labour MPs who know they cannot stand again with Jeremy Corbyn as their leader saying vote for him, make him Prime Minister because they don’t believe it.”

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His comments come as Mr Watson said that while a Brexit election might at the moment seem “inevitable”, such single-issue campaigns were never desirable.

“Boris Johnson has already conceded that the Brexit crisis can only be solved by the British people,” he said.

Keir Starmer in denial: Labour’s Brexit chief squirms as he faces grilling on party split

Labour’s Brexit chief said their party is trying to break the Brexit impasse despite campaigning for different things. His comments come as the deputy leader of the Labour Party said that a single-issue Brexit election may not break the deadlock in Parliament – something only a second referendum can achieve with certainty.

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