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Top Labour Remainers heaped pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to abandon his attempt to sit on the fence over Brexit today, warning that he desire to be neutral was 'simply not an option'.
Deputy leader Tom Watson tore into his direct superior's attempt to fudge Labour's Brexit policy today - as he mocked an abortive bid to oust him as deputy leader.
Mr Watson said 'Labour is a Remain party' amid an all-out revolt by activists designed to bind the leader's hands on the crucial issue.
And this afternoon London mayor Sadiq Khan waded into the row, using a Facebook post to appeal to delegates at the party conference underway in Brighton
'Do not accept a fudge, do not delay us setting out what our stance would be in any future referendum,' he said.
'Labour is a Remain party and we need to make this official by making it our policy to campaign to stay in the European Union under all circumstances - and to whip all our MPs to back that position.
Mr Corbyn today refused to give up on his favoured approach of staying 'neutral' on the biggest issue facing the country in a looming general election.
Jeremy Corbyn (pictured left today) admitted on the BBC's Andrew Marr show that he will have to obey the will of Labour members if he loses a battle on Brexit policy at the annual conference in Brighton. Tom Watson (right) insisted Labour is a 'Remain party'
London mayor Sadiq Khan waded into the row, using a Facebook post to appeal to delegates at the party conference underway in Brighton
However, he admitted that he will have to obey the will of party members if he loses a battle on the policy at the annual conference in Brighton.
Mr Watson told a rally at a fringe event this afternoon that despite having famously lost a lot of weight, he was 'no pushover' and would be 'Remaining' in spite of the botched efforts to abolish his elected post.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry also waded into the row, telling activists: 'if you back socialism, then why on earth would you back Brexit?'
But in a sign of the growing divisions at the top of the party over Brexit, union boss Len McCluskey said any shadow cabinet members who fail to sign up to Mr Corbyn's approach should 'step aside'.
Mr Corbyn again ducked and weaved over Brexit as he gave an interview to the BBC's Andrew Marr show earlier today.
He defended his plan to go into a general election promising to hold a second referendum - but without saying whether he would campaign for Remain or Leave
Mr Corbyn would not say whether he thought it was possible to secure a Brexit deal that would be preferable to staying in the bloc.
'What we have said is that we would want to hold a consultation, a special conference of our party at the point that we have got this offer from the EU, we've got this