Tom Watson opens up fresh Labour divisions over Brexit

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

Acutely aware that the eurozone remains economically sluggish with sky-high unemployment, that tensions with the Polish, Romanian and Italian governments are growing and, in France's case, that its own privatisation project and attacks on workers' rights have led to widespread and incendiary resentment, some see Britain's never-ending Brexit saga as a source of further destabilisation they could do without.

Mr Johnson said he wanted to head to the polls next month to break the political deadlock, and accused opposition parties of making "outrageous excuses" to delay a vote. So today we are announcing that the next Labour government will bring about the biggest extension of rights for workers our country has ever seen. "A general election might well fail to solve this Brexit chaos", Watson will say. But we won't allow Johnson to dictate the terms.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday there was still every chance for Britain's divorce from the European Union to transpire with a deal although Berlin is prepared for a disruptive no-deal Brexit in case that does not happen. "We ask Labour to rethink and engage with business", said Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme Mr Mann said "vast numbers of Labour voters are in danger of walking away" if the party positions itself as supporting remaining in the European Union in any upcoming General Election. "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. But if absolutely necessary we will come out with no deal", the prime minister told reporters.

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

On the other hand, he also threatened to "fight" all constituencies, like all those held by the Conservatives, if the Govt opted for a watered-down edition of Theresa May's Brexit program. He often misses shadow cabinet these days.

The inspirational policies Corbyn reminded us of at TUC will not be delivered by a parliamentary party half in hock to the very vested interests Labour plans to confront.

Likewise, he noted that the Conservative Party would use a hard Brexit as an excuse to sell-off public services, do away with regulations that protect the United Kingdom population and strip workers of their rights.

"Labour is on the side of the people in the real battle against the born-to-rule establishment that Johnson represents".

"That basically means a whole section of the electorate doesn't really want to hear what they have got to say".

The UK prime minister made a decision to send MPs home through October 14, but first tried to call a snap election to ensure his parliamentary majority, but the House of Commons twice opposed that proposal.

In the early hours of yesterday morning, Mr Johnson lost his second bid for a snap general election amid angry scenes in the Commons.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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