The Labour Party's deputy leader is to "strongly" urge for the party to back staying in the European Union in a speech at the Centre for European Reform this morning. The announcement is at odds with his leader Jeremy Corbyn who has refused to take an anti-Brexit stance, despite demands from some parts of his shadow cabinet. The speech from Mr Watson, which says Labour "hearts are remain", will heap more pressure on Mr Corbyn to make a statement declaring his party's strategy over Brexit.
Mr Corbyn has refused to be drawn on the issue but the party's manifesto back in 2017 said the Brexit referendum result of 12 months previous must be respected.
Key Brexiteers within the party, including chairman Ian Lavery also insist there should not be another public vote.
However, Mr Watson will today insist: "Pro-European is who we are and who we have always been. Our members are Remain. Our values are Remain. Our hearts are Remain.
"The only way to break the political deadlock is to bring the public back into this decision, and we must argue strongly to remain.
Tom Watson will today urge for a Labour to back remain (Image: GETTY)
"Our future doesn't need to be Brexit. We can change our future. We can put Britain back at the heart of Europe again.
"We can be proud of leading the fight for a fairer and stronger future, together. But we can only achieve this future if Labour fights for it and champions it. It's time we do that."
The call comes as polls put Labour behind the Brexit Party in