Jeremy Corbyn set to cave into pressure on a People’s Vote
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Jeremy Corbyn looks set to finally move closer to a People's Vote after caving into pressure from his own frontbenchers - but he is likely to fall short of Tom Watson's call to be decisively Remain.
A Labour source told the Times that Corbyn will commit himself to the policy drawn up in a paper by Andrew Fisher, the leadership's head of policy.
It would move Labour from demanding a customs union as part of a Brexit deal, a general election or a People's Vote to making the party's stance more supportive of a second referendum.
One Labour source told the newspaper: "It's a moment."
But Corbyn is likely to fall short of making the party's position decisively Remain.
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Figures in the party including John McDonnell, Emily Thronberry and Tom Watson have been pushing for a change in approach to Brexit since the European elections.
He said: "My party should be making the case for staying in the EU loudly and proudly.
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"We should be making that case because our dreams of transforming this country are best aided inside the EU, not out in the cold having wrecked our economy."
But supporters of a People's Vote have faced resistance from Seumas Milne, Corbyn's head of communications, Labour party chairman Ian Lavery and MPs in Leave seats including Gloria de Piero and Lisa Nandy.
A shadow cabinet member said that the change in policy was inevitable.
Speaking to the Times, they said: "It is a question of getting on the front foot now or having it forced upon us at conference.
"I've previously been sceptical but I don't think there is a choice any more."
Another source was more cynical about it winning back Remain voters, telling the Express: "Jeremy could run down Whitehall in a People's Vote onesie and a lot of people would still not be convinced that he really believed it, he has got a lot of work to do to ensure that the message is clear and unambiguous."
While it is expected that the Labour leader will set out the position in a speech off the back of the paper, the policy will not be formally adopted until Labour Party conference.
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