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Labour cannot beat Nigel Farage at the upcoming European elections if it 'sits on the fence' on Brexit, the party's deputy leader has warned.
Tom Watson said Labour needed an 'inspiring' message and had to show 'real leadership' to counter Mr Farage and his newly formed Brexit Party.
Polls - Parliament - Elections - Labour - Brexit
Polls for the hastily arranged European Parliament elections have shown Labour and the Brexit Party battling for first place.
Mr Watson said Labour would profit by backing a second referendum but many of his colleagues fear it would damage the party in northern England.
Observer - 'Labour - Farage
Writing in the Observer, he said: 'Labour won't defeat Farage by being mealy-mouthed and sounding as if we half agree with him.
'We won't beat him unless we can inspire the millions crying out for a different direction.
'We - Fence - Issue - Country - Generation
'We won't win if we sit on the fence about the most crucial issue that has faced our country for a generation.'
Citing a YouGov survey carried out last week, Mr Watson said Labour would cut Mr Farage's tentative polling lead by backing a second referendum or People's Vote.
Poll - Brexit - Party - Points - Labour
According to the poll, the Brexit Party would be 10 points ahead of Labour if Jeremy Corbyn's party backs a customs union Brexit.
But that lead was cut to three points in a hypothetical scenario where Labour supports a second referendum at the probable elections on May...
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