Labour MPs: You are voting against the EU Withdrawal Bill because it insults democracy, not because of Brexit

Didn’t get the memo: Caroline Flint.

As I write this, time is ticking down to the symbolic first vote on Brexit-related legislation – and it seems some MPs and media commentators are trying to stir up dissent among the Labour ranks.

Caroline Flint, a Labour backbencher, has said she will vote with the government on the bill, which aims to remove democracy from any EU-related lawmaking and make it possible for Tory ministers to change or scrap those laws as they please, using secondary legislation.

Perhaps Ms Flint – oh, and Frank Field, apparently – didn’t get the memo. Here’s a handy, Labour-made video to remind them:

Other MPs are lining up to say they’ll vote against this despicable bid to turn the loss of the Tory majority at the general election into a Conservative dictatorship. Here are just a few of their comments:

Any Labour MP who is considering siding with the Tories on this, using the flimsy pretext that it is the only way to support the referendum decision to leave the EU, should reconsider – as should any Conservative, SNP, Liberal Democrat or other MP who values democracy above dictatorship.

They have minutes left to decide.

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  1. damo September 12, 2017 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Wot a traitor put her and all the other traitor tory supporting labour mp,put them in the stocks then strip them of everything discusting traitors turncoats….lol come on a least sack them from the labour party.

  2. Barry Davies September 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    The Bill actually transposes all eu law into British law, something that would have left us with none of those laws being active and enforceable had we left without doing it. The idea is to be able to scrap laws which are eu centric and would not be comparable with us not being in the eu. Both of these aspects should be applauded, not just voted against either as a party political position, or because you are anti democratic. That leaves the unlikely event that ministers will seek to alter laws which are de facto British laws without going through the correct process, again this is unlikely, because the most often quoted example of alleged eu employment laws were in fact British laws well before 1972, so why would we want to alter them?

    • Mike Sivier September 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      No, it doesn’t transpose ALL EU law into British law.
      The Tories have reserved the right to cut out any laws that don’t suit them – by statutory instrument, which means there will be no debate; they’ll just dictate.
      What you call an “unlikely event” is in fact the actual plan.
      I have already explained to you that the current Tory government doesn’t give a fig about British employment laws before 1972 – they have long wanted to rid themselves of what they see as pesky restrictions on their ability to exploit the poor.

  3. Zippi September 13, 2017 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Would that we could scrutinise the Bill for ourselves, that way, we’d know exactly what was going on. I’m away in tour and haven’t seen much news, at all. I do wonder, however, that, if this is such and affront to our democracy, why more M.P.s, of all colours, are not shouting from the rooftops about it!

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