Labour MPs Back Brexit and Article 50
Tonight Labour MPs backed the Conservatives in voting to trigger Article 50, the start of the formal process of Britain leaving the European Union.
They did so even though Theresa May has chosen to pursue a hard Brexit, which will mean ripping Britain out of the single market – something that no one voted for last June.
They did so without securing any guarantees that the government will be subject to proper scrutiny throughout the negotiation.
Tim Farron MP says, "I respect the outcome of the referendum, but I have not changed my view that Britain is best in Europe."
Nick Clegg: Labour should stop navel-gazing and help us to mitigate Brexit
Instead of holding the Government to account the party has abandoned opposing Tory plans to leave the EU
What is happening to the Labour Party? Last Thursday, two unrelated events prompted me to mull over this question.
The first was at Sheffield Hallam University. I was on a platform with other politicians taking questions from a student audience. A local Labour MP was having the normal go at me about tuition fees. Fair enough — though I noticed he omitted to mention Labour’s own role in introducing tuition fees, and then trebling them on its own watch.
No, the moment Labour’s malaise really struck me was when this MP started speaking about the vote last week in the Commons on Article 50. He displayed none of the intelligence or humility of Keir Starmer, the shadow secretary for exiting the EU, who disarmingly confessed to the gathered MPs how difficult the issue is for Labour. Instead, in Sheffield this MP started to deliver a sanctimonious lecture to the Ukip and Conservative panellists, berating them for placing immigration above the economy in the Brexit talks.
David Lee welcomes Supreme Court ruling
Wednesday was a good day for democracy. The government cannot abuse our ancient constitution and remove our rights without parliament’s agreement. In its ruling the Supreme Court is not trying to stop Brexit, but requiring the government to seek the approval of parliament before triggering article 50.
im Farron writes to Jeremy Corbyn: will you clarify your position on Article 50
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to Jeremy Corbyn to call on him to clear up ‘once and for all’ his party’s position on Article 50.