LABOUR’S deputy leader Tom Watson has always been outspoken when it came to battling Brexit.
But who is he and what exactly has he said? Here’s the latest.
Watson has been the MP for West Bromwich East since the 2001 general election[/caption]
Who is Tom Watson?
Tom Watson, 52, is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015.
Watson, who was born in Sheffield in 1967, has been the MP for West Bromwich East since the 2001 general election.
Watson was also Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2009.
In 2011, Ed Miliband appointed Watson as the Deputy Chair of the National Executive Committee and the Labour Party’s Campaign Coordinator for the 2015 general election.
Watson however resigned from both roles in July 2013.
Watson and wife Siobhan split in 2012 – the couple have two children together.
Tom Watson is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015[/caption]
What has he said about Brexit?
Watson will today widen his party’s Brexit split by calling for a second referendum before a general election.
He will say: “The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum. A general election might well fail to solve this chaos.”
Watson will also call for Labour to “unambiguously and unequivocally back Remain”.
It cuts across Jeremy Corbyn’s official policy of triggering a general election as soon as a No Deal Brexit on October 31 is no longer possible.
Corbyn has said that if elected he will then hold a second referendum which offers voters a “credible Leave option” alongside Remain.
His deputy’s plan would mean extending the current deadlocked Parliament for at least six months until a referendum could be held.
Watson, one of many Labour MPs who want the party to back Remain, will say in a London speech the 2016 referendum result is “no longer valid” because circumstances have changed.
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What is a No Deal Brexit?
A No Deal departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship or any transition period.
Currently Britain’s trade, customs and immigration rules are tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies.
Mr Johnson had insisted Britain would leave the EU on October 31 “do or die” – and was prepared to lave with no deal.
He said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask the EU for another Brexit extension.
However a proposed law blocking a No Deal Brexit was backed by MPs on September 4 and was passed in the Lords on September 6.
It will become law within days once it gets the formality of royal assent.
In a bid to scupper the legislation, Mr Johnson is calling for a General Election – a move that has so far been resisted by Labour.
The parties have been mulling whether to agree to a mid-October election, which can only be triggered if two-thirds of MPs agree.
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