Jeremy Corbyn faces battle with Labour members over Brexit policy
Members at the party's annual conference will choose between backing Remain or staying neutral.
It comes amid calls for the party to back remaining in the European Union,including by a number of Labour MPs such as shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry.Late on Sunday, attempts to find a consensus during a behind-closed-doors"compositing" meeting failed to agree on words for a single Brexit motion.
As a result, members will debate two separate motions on Monday. One would commit the party to campaigning "energetically" to remain in the EU during an expected snap election.The other - closer to Mr Corbyn's position - would see the party remaining officially neutral and only taking sides ahead of a subsequent referendum.
A statement by Labour's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) said the party should only decide how to campaign in a referendum at a special conference held after a general election.The BBC's political correspondent Iain Watson said the Remain position"will almost certainly need some trade union support to pass". Unions control half of the votes at the Labour conference.
'A step forward'Andrew Lewin, of Remain Labour, said the prospect of alternatives being put to a vote was"a huge step forward"."Labour members will tomorrow have the chance to change party policy - so Labour commits to campaign to Remain in all circumstances," he said.
Michael Chessum, of left-leaning group Another Europe, told the BBC that Monday's vote was not just about Brexit."It's about where Mr Corbyn and the unions are really willing to listen to party members," he said.Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn is asked if he will serve five years if elected PMSpeaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday, Mr Corbyn would not be drawn on which side he would back, saying"let's see" what kind of new deal he was able to negotiate with the EU.
He said the party must respect the result of the Brexit referendum and do more to understand why people voted to leave.Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer and Ms Thornberry - who both support Remain - are due to speak at the conference on Monday afternoon.
Labour will also announce a pledge to introduce free personal care in England for over-65s most in need of it, so they will not have to pay for help with dressing, washing and meals.At the moment, those with savings of more than £14,250 have to contribute to the cost of home or residential help.
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i like labours plan-it as a chance of bringing about a way to unity-not perfect but is as possibilities-ruling out people vote is wrong. well it is if you believe in democracy. Jo Swinson lives in fairyland but Corbyn and co live in never never land, never agree on anything other than empty promises there is no money for - WHAT A BLOODY MESS BRITAIN IS IN
Seem to have missed this on the BBC during the Liberal Democrats conference. Hopefully, BBCPolitics won't be editing out the interesting bits of this weeks saga. UKLabour Liebour isn't working🤡🌏🆘 It seems that Labour have a choice either to vote for remain or vote for a proposed negotiation for a Brexit deal which isn't really Brexit.
Alternatively, the Labour conference will hold a grown up debate and then vote on a policy to take forward. I.may have to vote lib dem for the first time ever. I don't want to but they leave me no choice Prepare for government! The party of Clement Attlee has lost its soul. Instead, it hides from real scrutiny over a shambolic Brexit policy, saying it would do a deal with the E.U. which it would then fight against at a GE. Meanwhile Antisemitism and Marxism now define Labour
no no no .... the Labour Party are going to debate the Brexit policy and then vote on it. OK? Aah Corbyn’s attitude over brexit seems not to be for the people but rather for the EU forces. Mr Corbyn. All I say from Africa is wake up Britain has done nothing constructive in the last 2 years just focusing on Brexit EU has got your economy exactly where it wants
ToriesAtWar is trending yet its labour your writing about 🤣
Corbyn on collision course with Labour members over BrexitLeader in conference bid to stop party campaigning for remain at general election Rooting for Jeremy Corbyn to come up with Jexit. It's what the country needs a JC deal to leave the EU. Jexitforthemanynotthefew So desperate to remain relevant, he would side with Satan on the apple thing, if the wind blew that way... momentum is killing the LabourParty
Labour Party should have two deputy leaders, Corbyn saysThe words come after an attempt to scrap deputy leader Tom Watson's position on the first day of the party conference. Corbyn should listen to his advisers, what leader in their right mind would choose their 80 remain constituencies over his 148 leave ones? It’s madness..... Another referendum is remain. They should try and get a leader first... Does he have a cunning plan ?
Labour conference: Corbyn calls for party to have two deputy leaders - live newsRolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including events from the Labour conference in Brighton If they clone Watson I’m resigning my membership. Is it possible to nominate Corbyn for deputy 2? Why stop at 2? 🤔
Labour Party members want to sack the Queen according to scandalous YouGov pollLabour MP Emily Thornberry calls on the government to 'come to Parliament and put forward a plan' for Brexit in a 2016 interview. She says they have a 'whole load of different ideas.' And this is what you would get instead 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 RoyalFamily jeremycorbyn HouseofCommons UKSupremeCourt IAM THE EMPEROR OF BRITISH EAST INDIA COMPANY NOW BRITAIN'S KINGS WAS BASTARDS AND VICTORIA AND ELIZABETH NOT REAL MONARCH HANDOVER MY FAMILY TREASURES ONE MILE SQUARE NEW YORK USA CITY OF LONDON THE WARFARE MAHABHARAT
Labour conference: Corbyn says he will serve full term as key aide quits - live newsRolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including events from the Labour conference in Brighton Corbyn hasn't a chance But we won’t win with Corbyn/Milne no-matter how many elections LabourParty lose and by amounts of any defeats jeremycorbyn has made it clear he will not resign as leader and with his sycophantic little natural aptitude or skill colleagues he will be there for some time
Jeremy Corbyn wants 2 Labour deputy leaders after failed bid to oust Tom WatsonMr Corbyn, 70, said one of the deputies should be a woman to reflect the ‘diversity within our society’. Is age particularly relevant? Lee, 34. So he decides who gets the job based on their sex and not their ability? So much for equality. He becomes more laughable every day.