Britain’s main opposition Labour Party prepared to vote Monday on a new Brexit strategy that could unite its warring factions and avoid a potential drubbing in early polls. Britain is hurtling toward its October 31 departure from the European Union without an exit agreement and facing the threat of border disruptions that the government admits could cause food shortages and spark civil unrest. Yet the same disputes over ways out of the crisis that saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s right-wing Conservatives lose their working majority — and make a general election appear inevitable — are also fraying Labour on the left. Top members of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow government argued at their annual conference Sunday that they were a fundamentally European party with an obligation to get the 2016 Brexit referendum results reversed. But unions and a powerful leftist lobby that helped Corbyn become Labour leader in 2015 want the party to embrace its working-class base of supporters who back Britain charting its own course. The debate is being waged with opinion polls showing voters confused and dismayed by Labour’s muddled stance on the biggest issue to face the country in generations. One survey released this weekend put Labour… Read full this story
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