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Emily Thornberry has compared the Liberal Democrats to the Taliban as she suggested the party's policy of cancelling Brexit without a second referendum is undemocratic.
Jo Swinson confirmed earlier this week that if her party won a majority at an early general election it would revoke Article 50 on day one of being in power.
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But Ms Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, said the 2016 EU referendum result should not be overturned 'without asking the people first' as she launched a blistering attack on the resurgent Lib Dems.
Her decision to liken the party to the Taliban sparked a furious response from the Lib Dems with a senior source telling MailOnline the comments were 'outrageous' and 'designed to distract' from Labour's Brexit chaos.
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Ms Swinson said it was a 'ludicrous' comparison to make and added: 'Emily is the shadow foreign secretary, and should use language that reflects the importance of that role.'
Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna has demanded Ms Thornberry withdraw her 'inappropriate remarks' as he said comparing the party to a 'murderous organisation is no laughing matter'.
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The row comes after a YouGov poll published this week put the Lib Dems ahead of Labour as Ms Swinson's party jumped from 19 per cent to 23 per cent after she fully committed to cancelling Brexit.
A Brexit battle continues to rage inside the Labour Party after Jeremy Corbyn said if he becomes PM he would hold a referendum, offering voters the choice between a new divorce deal and Remain.
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However, he suggested he would remain neutral and would not advocate for either option, prompting senior Labour figures to warn the party will be 'steamrollered' at an election if Mr Corbyn continues to try to sit on the fence on Brexit.
There is a growing concern among some Labour MPs that the...
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