By Jason Groves Political Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:32 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 23:32 BST, 1 September 2019
Tony Blair will today warn Labour not to fall into the 'elephant trap' of forcing a snap election, as senior party figures remained hopelessly split on the issue.
In a speech in London, the former prime minister will say the 'right way' to consult the public on Brexit is through a second referendum, not a general election.
Labour is divided over whether to push for a formal vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson that could lead to a snap poll.
Tony Blair will today warn Labour not to fall into the 'elephant trap' of forcing a snap election
But Mr Blair will warn that forcing an election would play into Mr Johnson's hands.
He will say: 'The Brexiteers are laying a trap, to seem as if pushed into an election against their will, when they're actively preparing for it.
'Jeremy Corbyn should see an election for the elephant trap it is. If the Government tries to force an election, Labour should vote against it.'
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer last week won his battle to persuade Mr Corbyn