Nothing has changed! Labour hold MAMMOTH Brexit talks - before approving EXACT SAME policy

The party's manifesto for the European Elections will commit to supporting a second referendum if it cannot get a general election, or if the government will not change its policy on Brexit. A Labour Party Spokesperson, said: "Labour's European Elections manifesto was agreed at the NEC today and it will be published soon. "Labour is the only party which represents both people who supported Leave and Remain. "We are working to bring the country together after the chaos and crisis created by the Tories."

A Labour source said: "The NEC agreed the manifesto which will be fully in line with Labour's existing policy; to support Labour's alternative plan, and if we can't get the necessary changes to the government's deal, or a General Election, to back the option of a public vote."

Tom Watson left this morning's Shadow Cabinet while it was still ongoing as senior figures split over whether to demand a second referendum.

A source claimed he "stormed out" after Jeremy Corbyn's team refused to hand out hard copies of Labour's draft EU elections manifesto.

The party is torn between MPs who want any Brexit deal to be put to a "confirmatory" public vote, and allies of Jeremy Corbyn who only want a vote on a "Tory Brexit" or No Deal.

It is believed Jeremy Corbyn's position will win out with the 41-strong NEC, which began meeting at 11am today.

Ahead of the meeting Labour's Shadow Cabinet was due to discuss the document for the elections on May 23.

But a row erupted when Jeremy Corbyn's aides did not hand out hard copies of the manifesto.

It comes two years after the party's manifesto for the snap general election was leaked in its entirety to the Mirror.

Labour is split at the highest levels on whether to demand a referendum that would "confirm" any Brexit deal - or remain in the EU instead.

A string of shadow ministers want this to be Labour policy and a demand in talks with Theresa May.

But others say Labour should only demand a second referendum if it is needed to avoid a damaging Tory Brexit or 'No Deal'.

Now the issue is coming to a head at the NEC, where reps are discussing Labour's manifesto for the EU elections on May 23.

Pro-EU Labour supporters have sent more than 2,000 e-mails to the NEC urging them to include a "confirmatory" vote in the manifesto.

Over the weekend the Unison, GMB and Usdaw unions - who all have NEC reps - demanded the manifesto includes the policy.

A party source said Labour was committed to back a fresh vote only if the party cannot either win either the changes it wants to Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement or secure a general election.

Mr Watson, who has led calls for a more positive commitment to a second referendum, left the six-hour meeting without comment, saying only that the manifesto would be published early next week.

Some 115 MPs and MEPs signed a letter to NEC members organised by the Love Socialism, Hate Brexit group urging them to explicitly back a referendum in the manifesto.

And 34 of Labour's 70 candidates in the May 23 European elections have pledged to campaign for a referendum and then back Remain if a vote is called.

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