A FURIOUS civil war erupted yesterday between Jeremy Corbyn’s aides and his closest shadow ministers over Labour’s new Brexit policy.
The Labour leader’s advisors were accused of watering down the party’s backing for a second vote by saying it must not be a choice between Theresa May’s deal and Remain.
EPA Jeremy Corbyn’s aides have sparked a row with his closest shadow ministers over Labour’s new Brexit policy
A source also poured cold water on the assertion put forward by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry that Labour would campaign for Remain in a second referendum.
But Ms Thornberry furiously took to Twitter to attack the anonymous aides, declaring: “I’ve seen some nonsense that I ‘misspoke’ earlier on a public vote.
“Pretty hard to misspeak identically in 10 interviews, but for clarity: if Theresa May won’t accept our deal, then the public must decide: do we accept whatever deal she gets through, or do we Remain? Got it?”
And Labour’s Brexit chief Sir Keir Starmer slapped the aides down – insisting the party WOULD back moves to make it a straight choice between Remain and the PM’s deal.
Asked if Mr Corbyn’s aides were attempting to dilute the new policy to support a second referendum, Sir Keir told the Today programme: “You have got elected politicians on your programme – you had Emily Thornberry out last night – setting out what the position is that we agreed as the Labour party.
“What I am saying is telling you what was in the written briefing, the official briefing from my office and Jeremy’s office, to Labour MPs last night.
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“There is no question about that – it should be between a credible Leave option and Remain.”
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson also piled in, saying: “Whoever briefed that my colleague ‘misspoke’ undermines the sovereignty of the current shadow cabinet.”
But a source close to Mr Corbyn hit back – accusing them of fabricating the row.
EPA Labour’s Brexit chief Sir Keir Starmer insisted it would back a straight choice between Remain and the PM’s deal
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London after it was revealed party will back a second referendum