Brexit secretary, David Davis, speaks in the House of Commons, London, during Brexit questions [Image: PA].

This is the problem with Tory backbenchers – they’re happy to put up a token fight against controversial legislation, then back down as soon as they get the vaguest of vague promises.

If none of the amendments to Theresa May’s silly Article 50 Bill are passed because of Tory blocks, then the Labour leadership will be entitled to a complete rethink of its support for this legislation.

Labour MPs will have shown that they are willing to support the people’s wish that the UK should leave the European Union, by voting in favour of the Bill at second reading.

But Labour has no desire to let Theresa May do whatever she likes at the expense of the rest of the UK. If none of the amendments are passed into law, then perhaps the party should oppose the Bill.

It is not – after all – legislation to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. It merely confers power on Theresa May to do so at her own convenience.

So the door is open for Labour to say it has done everything it could to make this Bill workable but it is the Conservatives who have been irrational.

If the Tories are determined for Brexit to be a damned stupid thing, done in a damned stupid way, then let their damned stupid MPs take all the damned stupid blame.

Theresa May’s Brexit bill is likely to pass through the Commons without major amendment next week, as Conservative rebels are backing away from supporting changes proposed by Labour or other opposition parties.

A band of Tory MPs fighting against a hard Brexit are indicating they have been largely satisfied by the prime minister’s promise of a white paper, which they believe could be published as early as Thursday.

Source: Brexit bill set to pass without amendment as Tory rebels back off | Politics | The Guardian

Note: Before anybody makes silly suggestions, this article does not constitute a U-turn by This Writer. Labour’s amendments have not yet been discussed, so we don’t know whether the Bill will end up in a form that the party can – or should – support.

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