Labour veterans blast Unite union boss Red Len McCluskey for saying a second Brexit referendum was a 'betrayal' of Leave voters

Labour deputy Tom Watson stepped in, branding his comments “deeply unhelpful” after Mr McCluskey insisted Labour had to tackle people’s concerns about immigration.

Mr Watson blasted: “To suggest it represents a ‘betrayal’ grossly distorts Labour’s position and is deeply unhelpful to those seeking a solution to an issue that is reaching crisis proportions.

“It can only happen if parliament judges that the current government has failed to negotiate a good deal for Britain.

“That’s why the people’s vote has always been an insurance policy for Labour.”

It came as London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Theresa May to “stop the clock” and withdraw Article 50 to take No Deal Brexit off the table.

On a visit to Ireland he called for the process to be halted to allow time for another vote or a General Election.

Last night Jeremy Corbyn edged  closer to backing a second referendum in a Guardian article.

He said if Theresa May’s deal is not passed in Parliament there should be a chance for another vote.

He wrote: “If under the current rules we cannot get an election, all options must be on the table.

“Those should include Labour’s alternative and, as our conference decided in September, the option of campaigning for a public vote to break the deadlock.”

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