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Remember Northern Ireland? It seems up to 40 Labour MPs who are considering rebelling against the party leadership have forgotten all about the peace process – or couldn’t care less if it goes up in smoke.

How nice of Lisa Nandy to indicate that she may be minded to support Boris Johnson’s latest flawed attempt at a Brexit deal – and let’s hope she has her letter of resignation as a Labour MP prepared.

I’m not suggesting that she should go for supporting a deal, or Brexit in general. The official position is that the public voted for it and Parliament should follow the will of the people.

But any Labour MP supporting BoJob’s latest effort – and it is said that 40 are considering it – will be undermining the peace process in Northern Ireland. That would be unforgivable.

Perhaps the MPs in question have not considered that.

For the sake of their careers, they need to.

Boris Johnson’s team has started talking to Labour MPs about his new Brexit proposals, as the prime minister seeks to shore up Commons support ahead of a possible vote on his plan.

Labour MP Lisa Nandy said there had been tentative conversations between Labour MPs and senior members of the cabinet in recent days – and revealed that around 40 rebels could defy Jeremy Corbyn to support a deal.

However, Ms Nandy warned that the prime minister’s new proposals were little more than a “pre-election party political broadcast”, arguing that he was “further away from achieving a deal” than two months ago.

It comes as Brexit secretary Steve Barclay revealed the government was “considering” a Commons vote on the new proposals ahead of the European Council summit on 17 October, to send a message to Brussels that Mr Johnson had the backing of MPs.

Source: Boris Johnson’s team talking to Labour MPs as around 40 rebels ‘could back a Brexit deal’ | The Independent

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