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    Split by Brexit, Labour kicks off conference showdown

    BRIGHTON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Britain’s main opposition Labour Party began its annual conference yesterday desperately searching for a coherent Brexit plan to stem a potential drubbing in a looming election.

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s moment of truth comes with the crisis-torn country hurtling toward an October 31 exit from the European Union (EU) without a plan for future trade.

    Yet the same divisions over Europe that saw Boris Johnson’s right-wing Conservatives lose their working majority are also tearing apart Labour on the left.

    The 119-year-old party’s support base consists of cosmopolitan city-dwelling europhiles and traditional working-class communities that rejected Brussels in the 2016 referendum.

    Polls show these views have become even more entrenched today – a polarisation that further complicates Corbyn’s bid to find a unifying stance.

    The strongly anti-European Brexit Party and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats are eroding Labour’s support on both flanks, according to recent polls.

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