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Sources said the idea was being pushed by senior figures internally although an announcement is not expected until October. 

But it would see Labour back a People’s Vote on leaving the EU. The U-turn is an attempt to keep Remain voters at the next general election. 

And it risks losing Leavers, especially in Labour constituencies which voted heavily to exit the EU. 

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Unveiling the new policy after conference would help avoid the appearance that the leadership had been bounced into it by members. 

A concerted effort is under way to put the issue at the heart of the conference. Campaigners want delegates to debate a motion on a second vote, which 130 constituency parties have reportedly expressed a willingness to back. 

Polling of 10,000 suggests Labour voters support a second referendum by 63 per cent, with just 8 per cent opposed. 

But the move would still be a major gamble. Labour holds a number of seats where voters overwhelmingly backed Brexit. A party insider said: “This is being pushed by very senior figures within the party but I would not expect an announcement that Labour now backs a People’s Vote until after conference. 

“And then the focus will be very much that it is a vote on ‘the deal’. It is not about re-running the referendum.” 

But Tory deputy chairman James Cleverly accused Labour of having “no interest in respecting the referendum result and failing to see that opening the door to a second referendum only makes it harder to get a good deal”. 

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