Corbyn insists he may vote AGAINST #Brexit Bill if it can’t be improved

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Garston [Image: SKWAWKBOX].

This is exactly what This Site has been saying for several days now – but thanks to Skwawkbox, you now have it direct from Mr Corbyn himself:

Jeremy, the SKWAWKBOX has written positively about your approach to the Article 50 bill but a lot of people are asking how you can force the government to accept Labour’s amendments when the media and even some MPs are claiming that you’ve said you’re going to impose a three-line whip on MPs to support the bill ‘no matter what’. What can the blog say to your supporters who are confused by what they’re hearing and reading?

.And the reply was unequivocal:

That’s not what I’ve said and that’s not what I’ll do. We’ll take a look at the bill in its final form and decide what to do then.

Source: Exclusive: #Corbyn will NOT ‘vote for #Brexit #Art50 no matter what’ | The SKWAWKBOX

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5 thoughts on “Corbyn insists he may vote AGAINST #Brexit Bill if it can’t be improved

  1. NMac

    He seem to be giving the Nasty Party enough rope to hang itself, so to speak, then he may well get enough support from his own and from Tory rebels to defeat the whole nonsense.

  2. Simon

    I reckon that Corbyn may try to order his troops to abstain from voting as per the aforementioned bill, afraid that jumping one way or the other may harm Labour’s already pretty diabolical electoral chances. Now THAT would be a very unprincipled act on the part of a principled leadership. It will be interesting to see what the Labour leadership decides to do at the end of the day but the worst course of all would be to abrogate responsibility and abstain.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Abstention would be perfectly reasonable if no amendments make it onto the Bill – it says Labour supports democracy, but not the Conservative Party’s plan.

      1. Simon

        Honestly, Mike. When before the referendum 95% of Labour MPs supposedly wanted Britain to remain in the EU?

        See abstention is never about doing the right thing but trying to play both ends against the middle in an unprincipled way, usually in a vain attempt in the case of MPs to keep their seats in forthcoming elections by trying not to upset voters in their constituencies by taking a principled stand.

        (So remain supporting MPs, i.e., most Labour MPs, in constituencies where the majority of the referendum vote went to leave and leave supporting MPs in constituencies where the vote went to remain won’t have to take a stance and so not spoil their chances of keeping their jobs by being voted out of at such point.)

        Abstention is the way of the unprincipled and the coward try to cover themselves. Sadly it never works. It only makes abstainers look as if the don’t know what the right thing to do is or do know what the right thing to do is but are afraid to do it and so act in whatever way seems to serve their own interests, expediently.

        I, for one hope, pray that Labour doesn’t go down this road.

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