Jeremy Corbyn [Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire].

I’m sure This Site suggested this would be the case, back when the three-line whip was first announced and Mr Corbyn was being pilloried left, right and centre.

Considering the situation, it never seemed reasonable to This Writer that Mr Corbyn would penalise Labour MPs heavily for breaking the whip. Labour had no chance of stopping the Article 50 Bill from proceeding to committee stage, and the whip was simply a show of support for democracy and the EU referendum result.

That vote has happened, and now Mr Corbyn is saying Labour’s choice may be different if the party’s amendments are rejected during the committee stage and at third reading.

In light of this, it would be (again) reasonable to believe that Mr Corbyn would be lenient to his rebellious MPs; it would be hypocritical of him to punish them, just because they expressed their opposition to Theresa May’s plan for exiting the EU a few days early.

So Labour MPs may be reassured by his words, and should go back to Parliament with clear consciences next week. We may safely deduce that any who remain keen to harm his plans are doing so for personal reasons.

Corbyn’s politics over this Bill continue to be exemplary.

Leading Labour MPs who defied party orders and voted against triggering Brexit last week could stay in their jobs, Jeremy Corbyn hinted today.

The Labour leader said he is a “very lenient person” when asked what disciplinary measures could be handed out to frontbenchers who had ignored his instruction to vote with the Tories on Wednesday.

Three Shadow Cabinet members quit their positions so they could vote against the Bill, yet 10 frontbenchers did not step down despite flouting the three-line whip.

Speaking on Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, Corbyn suggested they may not be sacked – a break with the conventions around how party discipline is maintained.

He said: “I’m talking to all of them. We will be announcing changes in the Shadow Cabinet in the coming few days.”

Corbyn added: “I’m a very lenient person.”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn Hints He Will Be ‘Lenient’ To Labour MPs Who Defied His Brexit Vote Order

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