Furious Tom Watson says Labour is REMAIN and blasts Corbyn’s Brexit dithering – as MPs warn he must pick a side NOW.

A FUMING Tom Watson today insisted Labour is a Remain party as he and other top figures openly defied Jeremy Corbyn's dithering Brexit stance.

The Deputy Leader insisted Labour must betray millions of Brits who voted to Leave and campaign to Remain in another referendum.

 Tom Watson insisted Labour is a Remain party - and he wouldn't support another Brexit fudge

Tom Watson insisted Labour is a Remain party - and he wouldn't support another Brexit fudge

He led a string of senior figures in demanding the party stop sitting on the fence and kicking the can down the road over Brexit.

Speaking just hours after a failed plot to oust him from his job yesterday, Mr Watson stormed: "We are a Remain Party. We are a European Party. We are an internationalist party. That is who we are.

"Not perfect, not pure. But overwhelmingly committed to Britain remaining in Europe and reforming Europe."

And he hit out at the "lone wolf" plot from Momentum boss Jon Lansman to try and boot him out, adding: "He’s undermined me, he’s undermined Jeremy and he’s undermined the party. He’s a little bit out of his depth.”

"There is a battle for the future of the Labour party," he said, vowing he would be "no pushover".

And London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry weighed in behind Remain too today, as the party met in Brighton for its annual conference.

Mr Khan begged members: "Do not accept any “compromise” on Brexit, do not accept a fudge, do not delay us setting out what our stance would be in any future referendum.

"Labour is a Remain party and we need to make this official by making it our policy to campaign to stay in the European Union under all circumstances - and to whip all our MPs to back that position.

"Staying neutral in the face of the biggest economic and social threat to our country for decades is simply not an option."

It came as:

  • Unite boss Len McCluskey said MPs including Emily Thornberry should be sacked from their jobs if they didn't back the leader
  • A devastating poll put Labour 15 points behind the Tories
  • One of Jeremy Corbyn's key aides quit saying the party can't win an election

We are a Remain Party. We are a European Party. We are an internationalist party.

Tom Watson

Ms Thornberry called on members at conference to "thrash out" the position now, and warned that the party would be thrashed in the next election if they didn't agree a clear position.

"We could lose 30 per cent of our vote to the Greens and Lib Dems unless we are clear about where we stand on Europe," she insisted.

"The lesson we should learn from the European election is we do need to be clear."

But Mr Corbyn insisted this morning that the party would negotiate a new Brexit deal and THEN figure out whether to campaign for it or back staying in the EU for good.

He even has suggested he will be neutral in a second referendum campaign.

He refused NINE times to say how the party would campaign in another vote - in a desperate attempt to keep all sides of his warring party on side.

"What we have said is that we would want to hold a consultation, a special conference of our party at the point that we have got this offer from the EU, we've got this as a remain - and hopefully reform - option," he said.

But he hinted that a Brexit deal which meets Labour's five tests could even be better for Britain.

This afternoon Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey suggested if MPs didn't back him, they should be SACKED from the shadow cabinet.

He told Sky this morning: "We must go into an election united and when we have a policy on Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn makes it clear that that is the policy then that is what leading members of the Shadow Cabinet should argue for.

"If they find that they can’t argue for it because they feel strongly, well of course they have that right but they should step aside, step aside from the Cabinet, the Shadow Cabinet… and they can argue whatever they want."

 But Jeremy Corbyn said the party should decide whether to back Brexit or not later on - after an election

But Jeremy Corbyn said the party should decide whether to back Brexit or not later on - after an election

Tonight party members and union activists will meet to thrash out their conference Brexit position - which will be put to a vote tomorrow of all the party.

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 Emily Thornberry said Labour could lose 30% of their vote to the Lib Dems and Greens if they didn't back Remain

Emily Thornberry said Labour could lose 30% of their vote to the Lib Dems and Greens if they didn't back RemainCredit: PA:Press Association

 Sadiq Khan demanded Labour members reject any more Brexit fudge

Sadiq Khan demanded Labour members reject any more Brexit fudge


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