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Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘I’ve made it very clear the Labour party accepts and respects the decision of the British people. We will not block article 50.’ [Image: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.]

Considering This Writer’s comments earlier today, it is possible that Mr Corbyn may be making a mistake.

Labour’s plan is to amend any Tory legislation, to ensure that Parliament can scrutinise whatever deal the government puts forward.

But it seems likely that Theresa May will not put forward legislation in the normal way, but will instead demand that the Commons and the Lords vote on an ultimatum – her deal or no deal, just World Trade Organisation rules.

Compounding the problem is the fact that the Conservatives are working in tandem with their former Liberal Democrat allies, to accuse Labour, whatever the party does.

After it was reported that Labour MPs might rebel over triggering Article 50, Tories accused the party of failing to respect the referendum verdict.

Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats have been merrily claiming that Labour is happy to do whatever the Tories say.

Logic dictates that both claims can’t be true, but the British electorate hasn’t been logical since before 2010, so both may be extremely damaging to Labour.

It seems clear that a much stronger statement of intent is required – one that will rubbish both the Tory and Liberal Democrats’ claims – and soon.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he will impose a three-line whip on his Labour MPs to back the triggering of article 50 if the government loses the supreme court challenge and brings a Brexit bill to parliament.

Asked how he would handle any legislation in the Commons, after the Guardian revealed that some shadow cabinet ministers were considering voting against, the Labour leader told Sky News: “It is very clear. The referendum made a decision that Britain was to leave the European Union. It was not to destroy jobs or living standards or communities but it was to leave the European Union and to have a different relationship in the future.

“I’ve made it very clear the Labour party accepts and respects the decision of the British people. We will not block article 50.”

When asked if that meant a three-line whip [an order to MPs to vote for the bill], he replied: “It means that Labour MPs will be asked to vote in that direction next week, or whenever the vote comes up.”

Source: Corbyn to impose three-line whip on Labour MPs to trigger article 50 | Politics | The Guardian

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