Labour's new second referendum on Brexit will not be a People's Vote

Wait and see British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Shadow minister Annelise Dodds faced tough questioning from Sky News presenter Adam Boulton over what appeared to be the "fudging" of a promise from Labour leadership to allow a "clear" vote on whether the party would formally back a second Brexit referendum.

Senior party delegates have agreed on the wording for a motion to be put to the party conference in Liverpool on Tuesday about what the party should do about Brexit if it can not get a general election.

But with Britain due to leave the European Union in March, Brexit was likely to dominate the conference.

More than 100 constituency parties submitted motions demanding a second referendum, and leader Jeremy Corbyn said that he would be "bound" by conference's decision on the issue. As delegates gathered, one message was emblazoned on hundreds of T-shirts and tote bags: "Love Corbyn, Hate Brexit".

He made his comments to the Andrew Marr show after a new poll found just eight percent of Labour members are opposed to another referendum after the conclusion of the Brexit talks.

"Labour have to come to a decision".

His shadow chancellor warned that staging a second vote on Brexit could "open up all sorts of xenophobic feelings and a rise of the Right".

The motion comes after weeks of pressure from its overwhelmingly pro-EU membership and comes with some major caveats. Grassroots campaign group Momentum is advising its members to vote for the motion.

"We're not ruling out a people's vote, but there's a real risk, and I think people need to take that into account when we're arguing for one".

Corbyn's second in command, finance spokesman John McDonnell repeated that Labour was getting ready for an election.

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"But I was elected to empower the members of the party".

Deputy leader Tom Watson was even firmer.

These centrist MPs now find themselves on the sidelines and battling for their political lives in the face of aggressive attempts by Corbyn's supporters to de-select them, another issue that could raise tensions during conference.

Should Labour judge May's plans to have negative effect in response to the above questions, then the party is likely to vote down her Chequers plan in the commons.

A source told BBC that there was consensus in the room opposing the Tories' chaotic approach to the Brexit negotiations.

He described the country as being at a tipping point and faced with a resurgence in the "radical right", adding: "This can not be a Labour Party that allows others to wreck our country and stand with the far right".

"We would vote it down if it didn't meet our tests in order to send the government, if it is still in office, straight back to the negotiating table", Corbyn said. But many of its 257 lawmakers represent areas that supported leaving, so Brexit poses an electoral dilemma for the left-of-center party.

May met Monday with her divided Cabinet, where some Brexit-supporting ministers are urging her to seek a looser relationship based on a bare-bones free trade agreement that would leave Britain free to strike new deals around the world. "I don't know what's going to come out of all the compositing meetings that are going on", he said. I think it does keep all the options on the table.

May's Conservative Party criticised Corbyn for his move.

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