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Jeremy Corbyn 'wants Boris Johnson's deal to put him out of his misery over Brexit because the party's ambiguous stance is destroying support' Labour's Brexit civil war dramatically escalated on Saturday night after vote  Claims Jeremy Corbyn wants to lose new crunch vote on Johnson's Brexit deal  Corbyn has condemned the deal, promised to whip his MPs to vote against it

By Glen Owen and Brendan Carlin for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 22:56 BST, 19 October 2019 | Updated: 22:56 BST, 19 October 2019

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Labour's Brexit civil war dramatically escalated Saturday night amid claims Jeremy Corbyn wants to lose a new crunch vote on Boris Johnson's deal even as 'real leader' John McDonnell starred at a mass rally for a second referendum.

Sources insist Mr Corbyn privately wants to be 'put out of his misery' over Brexit because the party's ambiguous stance is 'killing' support among its grassroots.

The Opposition leader has condemned Mr Johnson's new deal and says he will whip his MPs to vote against it when it is put to a new meaningful vote, which could be as early as tomorrow.

But senior figures claim that his stance is 'all for show' because he is a lifelong Brexiteer whose 'vacillations' are splitting his pro-Remain party from top to bottom.

They say Mr Corbyn privately believes that his party – trailing the Tories in the polls – would be revived if only he could concentrate on domestic policy such as the NHS and housing.

Labour's Brexit civil war dramatically escalated Saturday night amid claims Jeremy Corbyn wants to lose a new crunch vote on Boris Johnson's deal even as 'real leader' John McDonnell starred at a mass rally for a second referendum

Labour's Brexit civil war dramatically escalated Saturday night amid claims Jeremy Corbyn wants to lose a new crunch vote on Boris Johnson's deal even as 'real leader' John McDonnell starred at a mass rally for a second referendum

A source said: 'Brexit has been a complete nightmare for Jeremy – he is a Brexiteer leading a largely pro-Remain party. The contortions have been agonising. He thinks if he can just get back to core Labour values and on to issues where the party's traditionally strong, he can eat into Boris's poll lead.'

The claims surfaced just as the gulf between Mr Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor Mr McDonnell appeared to widen over backing a second referendum rather than insisting first on a General Election, the latter

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