THE Labour Party could go into the next General Election without saying whether or not it will back remain or leave in the event of a second referendum.
The revelations came in a new draft document submitted to the party’s governing body – the NEC – at its annual conference in Brighton which started today.
Pressure is mounting on Jeremy Corbyn to make his mind up over Brexit[/caption]
The draft statement reads: ‘After three years of shambolic Tory (Conservative) negotiations and parliamentary deadlock, a Labour government will get Brexit sorted one way or another within six months of coming to power.’
The news will pile more pressure on Jeremy Corbyn who is already under fire for not making his mind up over the key issue of Brexit.
The Labour leader has already said he will negotiate a new deal and put it to another vote if he becomes PM.
But he sparked fury after hinting he would refuse to back Leave or Remain.
In a TV interview, he said: “My job as Prime Minister would be to deliver the option chosen by the British people.”
The newly revealed draft NEC statement suggests the party should go into a general election without specifying whether it would support remaining in the EU at a promised second referendum.
The NEC will discuss the motion tomorrow and, if it passes, Remainers fear it would stop calls by members for the party to back their cause.
Jeremy Corbyn and Brighton Council leader, Nancy Platt walk with young party members along Brighton Promenade[/caption]
The party pledges it would get the issue “sorted one way or another” with a referendum within six months of Labour coming to power.
However, a decision on how to campaign in that referendum – either for a Labour-negotiated deal with Brussels or to stay in the EU – would not be taken until a special conference AFTER the election.
Shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis said: “This move is just plain wrong. How can this be defended?
“We, the left, took over the leadership of this party promising internal democracy, promising a new kind of politics.
“And yet here we are, with a leadership apparently determined to shut down democratic debate on the crucial issue of the day, probably relying on union bloc votes to outvote the members. It’s not what we signed up for.
“We now need to rally on the conference floor – if it passes, delegates should mobilise to vote against the NEC statement so the Brexit motions can be heard and democratically debated.”
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The news comes after the party’s deputy leader Tom Watson today called an attempt to oust him a “drive-by shooting”.
He said he found out by text about a move by senior party figures to abolish his post, calling it a “straight sectarian attack” on a “broad church party”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Mr Watson said: “These kind of things happen in Venezuela, not in UK politics.”