Jeremy Corbyn [Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters].

At first glance it seems the most illogical decision possible. This Writer certainly thought so, when I heard that Labour MPs are being asked to support the Article 50 Bill, despite the failure of their amendments.

But then I remembered that none of the amendments tabled by Jeremy Corbyn’s team were ever expected to get past the Conservatives, who have a majority in Parliament.

The aim was simply to show voters exactly what they were getting, by demonstrating exactly what they won’t get.

So we now know Parliament will not be allowed to demand updates on the progress of Brexit negotiations every two months. Theresa May is desperate to keep her plans secret – draw your own conclusions about the reasons.

Parliament will be allowed a vote in the Commons on any deal devised by the Conservative government (according to a concession being discussed in the Commons at the time of writing). But this will be on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis – either accept the Tory deal or there will be no deal; Parliament will not be permitted to demand re-negotiation.

The devolved administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will have no input at all. Mrs May wants to be able to shaft all four countries of the United Kingdom equally.

And she will not lift a finger to ensure that the lavish promises of the Leave campaign will be met. So all those of you who voted ‘Leave’ on the promise of £350 per week (or any part of that amount) going to the National Health Service have been betrayed.

This is not what Jeremy Corbyn wanted; it is not what the Labour Party wanted.

It is almost certainly not what almost 52 per cent of EU referendum voters wanted.

But it is, unfortunately, what they supported with their votes.

Mr Corbyn’s tactic, during the debates on the Article 50 Bill, has been to make this explicit to voters.

With regard to voting, Labour is hamstrung. The Conservative Party has the majority so the Bill will be passed into law, no matter what Mr Corbyn does.

In such a circumstance, it is better to support the majority of voters at the EU referendum than to risk being denounced as an enemy of democracy by the right-wing press – as happened to Labour rebels who voted against the Bill last week.

Jeremy Corbyn has shown he aims to face down his critics over Labour’s stance on Brexit by imposing a three-line whip on tomorrow’s crucial vote in the House of Commons.

Corbyn today told the shadow cabinet he would impose the maximum measure – which invites disciplinary measures for those who ignore it – when article 50 is voted on by MPs tomorrow evening, LabourList understands.

Source: You must back Brexit bill vote tomorrow, Corbyn tells shadow cabinet | LabourList

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