Jenny Chapman, Shadow Minister for Exiting the EU, sums up the Article 50 second reading debate for Labour [Image: BBC].

This is unequivocal from Labour: The party will NOT support Brexit under any old circumstances laid down by the Tories.

The 47 Labour MPs who rebelled against the party whip – including and especially the 17 who quit shadow cabinet or whip jobs to do so – must have known this.

Doesn’t that make you wonder why they still went ahead and did it? It seems this was more about attacking Jeremy Corbyn than leaving the EU.

Shadow exiting the EU minister Jenny Chapman winds up for Labour, saying the EU referendum produced “a close vote but a clear decision”.

She tells the House: “We accept the outcome of the referendum and therefore we must consent to allow the process of leaving the European Union to begin.”

She says Labour will “hold this government to account every step of the way” and urges MPs to support the opposition’s “reasonable” amendments to the bill, when it reaches committee stage next week.

If ministers “fail to achieve a deal worthy of our country they will not achieve our consent”, Ms Chapman says.

“The prime minister must achieve the deal that she says she can.”

Source: Brexit vote reaction – BBC News#post_58922c80e4b03dfbbec22589

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