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UK's divided Labour fails to push May on Brexit

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And that's how it's always going to be.>> Three months on from Britain's vote to leave the European union, the opposition Labor party is gathered to work out their policy positions. The one thing they can't agree on though is what Brexit should mean. I'm William James reporting for Reuters from the Labor Annual Conference in Liverpool.
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The whole lack of our Labor unified position it has its roots in the leaders own views, Jeremy Corbin's views. In the referendum campaign he eventually committed to campaigning for remain, but he voted in the previous referendum in 1975, no to Europe. So there were always questions about how hard he was campaigning, was his heart really in it?
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Whereas other members of the party were really pro-European. And that divide, they haven't really come together to come up with a unified position. Surprisingly brexit didn't make itself on to the agenda for the conference, the official agenda. It's being mentioned in speeches, it's being talked about on the fringes of the festival where the real debate happens within the party, but there is no single labor position on Brexit.
00:00:58
The fear here is that unless Labor gets its act together and starts talking about what they need to say in these Brexit negotiations. It will become what they determine a blue on blue debate, which is basically the heart of hard Euro skeptics within the conservative party versus those who voted to remain at the EU referendum.
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Basically fighting the whole thing out between themselves, and coming up with a position that has nothing to do with what Labor wants to have to say in this debate. The party's been through a very bruising leadership election, and Jeremy Corbin came out of that as the winner. And what he's trying to do now is to use his increased mandate to come up with these policy positions and push them forward in Parliament and really press the Tory's on that.
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It's gonna be really interesting next week in Birmingham which is where the conservative party are having their annual conference. There you'll see the two sides of the argument within one party, all in one place, and it's for sure there'll be lots of talk about it up on the stage, out in the fringes, in the coffee rooms, in the bars.
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I imagine it will be the only topic of conversation there.