Jeremy Corbyn was interviewed about Labour’s plans for the Article 50 Bill by Robert Peston on ITV.

Has anybody seen an official announcement from the Labour Party that confirms the line on the Graun‘s story (below)?

I haven’t.

To the best of my knowledge, the Labour plan is for a three-line whip in support of the Article 50 Bill at its second reading, not the third.

Then the Bill will pass on to the committee stage (in this case a committee of the whole House of Commons), at which amendments will be discussed and votes taken for or against them.

The third reading comes after that, and my impression was that the Labour leadership had not decided whether to whip that vote or not – and wasn’t likely to do so until the shape of the final Bill was much clearer.

I haven’t seen Mr Corbyn’s interview with Robert Peston at the time of writing (waiting for the evening repeat), so if anybody has information from that, feel free to let us know in the meantime.

Corbyn’s intention is to subject Labour MPs to a three-line whip – the strictest variant of party discipline – for the third reading vote even if no amendments have been secured.

Speaking on the Peston programme, Corbyn said he was confident some of the party’s amendments would be passed.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn suggests he would sack shadow ministers over article 50 bill | Politics | The Guardian

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