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Brexit: Labour deputy Tom Watson calls for referendum ahead of election

Brexit: Labour deputy Tom Watson calls for referendum ahead of election

"WE MUSTN'T mistake the drama at Westminster for what real politics is about", Jeremy Corbyn told the Trades Union Congress today.

He will say the scale of the damage Mr Johnson is threatening the country with is "worse than Thatcher" and claim the prime minister has "naked contempt" for democratic institutions - not just the European Union, but parliament, the British constitution and the Conservative Party.

Mr Corbyn has twice Prime Minister Boris Johnson's calls for a snap poll, insisting that a no-deal Brexit must be off the table first.

The 59-year-old, who announced on Sunday he would be standing down from the Commons after 18 years representing Bassetlaw, said: "That's not a good recipe for winning a General Election and in the North of England, Labour will pay a huge price".

"The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum", he will say.

Mr Corbyn instructed union members: 'No-one can belief the phrase of a Prime Minister who's threatening to interrupt the legislation to power via no-deal.

In his TUC speech, Sir Keir will warn Mr Johnson that Labour will not be silenced in its opposition to a no-deal Brexit. "And in that election we will commit to a public vote with a credible option to leave and the option to remain".

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This is undoubtedly correct, and a barnstorming speech in which the Labour leader welcomed attacks by the Financial Times (which sniffed that his party was "determined to shift power away from bosses and landlords and to workers and tenants") and vowed to "unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen" marks a welcome shift from the parliamentary games in which Labour has been complicit in recent weeks. Labour are operating anxious of an election and only provide more dither and pointless delay. "Just as we worked throughout the summer to pass a law preventing no deal, so we will work each and every day we are shut down to enforce that law".

'We hope that by October 14 at the latest, if not before, this prime minister will be ready to bring a deal to parliament, and MPs for a Deal wish him well in doing that and will be backing that and supporting that, because it is the only way to take the country forward'.

Watson's intervention is likely to be viewed as less than helpful by the Labour leadership.

Corbyn also stressed Labour's plan to give workers a third of seats on company boards, and pledged to create a Workers Protection Agency to enforce rights, standards and protections at work and introduce sectoral collective bargaining to set industry-wide minimum standards. "Once we get out of here, there isn't any way to establishment-up Jeremy", one Labour source said.

He will also call on Labour dedicate "unambiguously" to campaigning for Continue to be if a referendum had been to observe an election.

'So a general election is coming.