Labour deputy leader says Brexit stance behind effort to oust him

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson speaks on Brexit at an event in London, Britain September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – The deputy leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party said on Saturday that his stance on Brexit, where he backs a second referendum before a parliamentary election, unlike leader Jeremy Corbyn, is behind efforts by some in the party to remove him.

Jon Lansman, the founder of the left-wing grassroots movement Momentum, has proposed a motion to abolish the post of deputy leader, currently held by Tom Watson, according to two party officials.

“It seems that my position on Brexit, where I very strongly believe that we need to work with other parties to stop a ‘no-deal’ (exit from the EU), where I’ve been campaigning for a referendum where I believe we should campaign for ‘remain’ … I just think Jon Lansman and his faction are so angry about that, they’d rather abolish me than have a debate with me about it,” Watson told BBC radio.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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