The Labor Party will never beat Nigel Farage if he continues to "stay on the fence" against the Brexit and offer only "badly inspired" support for a second referendum, announced today the leader deputy of the party.
In an extraordinary intervention that exposes the tensions at the party's summit on the Brexit strategy, Tom Watson warns that the Labor Party will lose to Farage's "far-right" far-right party in the May European elections. He continues to give the impression that "we are half in agreement. with him".
Write in the Observer, Jeremy Corbyn MP says Labor Party must provide much clearer and more enthusiastic support for another referendum and a positive and radical vision of how a Labor government could promote socialist values by working with other parties center-left within the European Union.
Stressing that Farage is a real threat not only to the Conservatives, but also to the Labor Party, he writes, "We can not stand idly by, watch this fight on the far right and allow Farage to flourish with a retrospective policy that offers no solutions. Instead, we need to come up with a radical alternative based on our values that speaks directly to the people we represent and demonstrates that Labor is a way out of the crisis. "
He adds: "Labor will not defeat Farage by mouthing and sounding as if we are half in agreement with him. We will beat it only if we can inspire millions of people who want a different direction. We will not win if we sit on the fence about the most critical problem our country has faced in a generation. "
His comments – after opinion polls last week put the new Brexit party ahead of the Labor and Conservatives – reflect the frustration of Labor's top officials at Corbyn's lukewarm support for another referendum in which he would stay. on the ballot.
They come as activists on both sides of the Brexit debate this weekend intensifying their efforts to persuade millions of young people to sign up to vote in the May 23 elections so that they have their word to say in the debate about Europe.
The Vote For Your Future campaign, which garnered a lot of interest online since its launch last Thursday, aims to reach an estimated 3 million people aged 18 to 30 who are not registered by the May 7 deadline.
The Electoral Commission said that one-third of the 9 million UK residents of this age group are currently not registered to vote. This compares to only 4% of over 65s.
Callum Warriner, a young Brexit supporter and Dover campaigner advisor, said, "It's a national scandal that one in three young people is not registered to vote. As this year's European elections are among the most important of all time, it is essential that, regardless of how they vote, young people be registered before May 7th. "
Student activist Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, who supports another referendum, added, "No matter how you vote in this year's European elections, it is essential that youth participate. On Thursday, a few hours after our launch, we followed trends on Twitter and hundreds of thousands of people watched the videos of our fans. "
Senior Labor Party officials have said that arguments on whether Labor would engage in a new referendum in the European Electoral Manifesto would break out in the parliamentary party as soon as MPs return from their Easter holiday this morning. week. Members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in power, dominated by supporters of Corbyn, were informed that the NEC would approve the manifesto at a meeting on April 30.
This will alarm the ghost cabinet members who support the supporters and who argue that they should be fully involved.
While Corbyn is under pressure to support another public vote of the 80% of party members and many MPs who want the Brexit issue to be referred to the people, other Labor MPs believe that another public vote would undermine confidence in democracy.
A letter circulates among Labor MPs who say that the talks between the government and the Labor Party on a possible agreement on Brexit, which will resume this week, could fail if Corbyn and his team insist that any agreement is subject to a referendum of confirmation. To take place.
Stephen Kinnock, one of the authors of the letter, said: "It is essential that the public leaves no doubt that the Labor Party participates in good faith negotiations. We think it would be a mistake to start presenting our own red lines just when the Prime Minister seems to be softening his own.
"Let's start with a negotiated agreement between the parties. Colleagues who campaign for a second referendum will of course have the opportunity to attach a confirmation vote amendment to the withdrawal agreement implementation bill, if they so wish. so."
At the same time, a ConservativeHome survey of Conservative Party members found that nearly eight out of ten now believe that Theresa May should resign, compared to seven out of ten a month ago.
Paul Goodman, Editor, writes on the ConservativeHome website: "The second Brexit postponement and discussions with Jeremy Corbyn undeniably contribute to this deplorable note. The latter, in particular, makes the campaign difficult for many local government candidates. However, we suspect that the most important factor is the European parliamentary elections to be held. "