The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, has described his party as having a “Remain and reform” agenda. How’s that for respecting the referendum vote of 17.4 million?
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This anti-Brexit message was delivered by Watson to the BBC this morning, as Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer also now talks up a second referendum.
"We are a remain and reform party."
Labour deputy leader @tom_watson says "remain is not on the ballot paper" in the EU elections but "narrow populism" and "nationalism" is, so voters should "look at the wider context of the political world we're in" #r4today pic.twitter.com/7pU4w8GTgz
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) May 13, 2019
Labour continue to try and play both sides but increasingly look focused on stopping Brexit and demanding the British people are made to vote in another referendum.
When it comes to the European Elections, Labour have selected a range of anti-Brexit candidates including Lord Adonis, with North West of England MEP Therese Griffin openly stating: “Clear message on second vote signed by all 3 North West MEPs.
“Myself Wajid Khan & Julie Ward. Nearly 90 MPs and MEPs demand Labour backs second referendum in Euro Elections.”
Quite remarkable that the Conservative government are still looking to do a deal that gets through with the votes of Labour MPs given the hardline Remainer stance clearly held in the senior ranks of the party.