Here’s a great little demonstration of why Labour needed to vote in favour of the Article 50 Bill at second reading, in spite of what the right-wing media are pushing and PLP rebels are claiming.

It’s here that the wisdom – in fact, not just the wisdom but the absolute necessity – of Corbyn’s decision to impose a 3-line whip on his MPs is seen.The dark purple areas are current Labour seats that voted leave. The mid purple are target areas for Labour that voted leave.

The dark orange areas are current Labour areas that voted remain; the mid-orange areas are Labour target areas that voted remain.

Pale orange and pale purple are areas that Labour would not realistically look to win.

A quick glance shows that dark purple and mid purple ‘leave’ areas hugely predominate over dark/mid orange ‘remain’.

The stark fact is that, while 75% of Tory-held constituencies voted leave, 70% of Labour-held constituencies also did.

In other words, if Corbyn wants to retain current Labour seats and win enough of Labour’s target seats to dislodge the Tories, he cannot afford to follow the ‘Westminster bubble’ line or the ‘rebel’ Labour line of a pointless protest vote against triggering Article 50 and he must (as he genuinely does) respect the democratic outcome of the referendum. If he were perceived as disrespecting the wishes and feelings of the vast majority of those who vote – or might vote – Labour, it would sink Labour’s electoral prospects beyond trace.

Source: Simple graphic shows #Corbyn right on the money (again) with #Brexit position | The SKWAWKBOX

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