Labour to support public vote after Corbyn's Brexit vision rejected

Labour to support public vote after Corbyn's Brexit vision rejected

Labour to support public vote after Corbyn's Brexit vision rejected

Ahead of crunch votes at 7pm tonight, Labour MP Yvette Cooper demanded Mr Lidington spell out if MPs really did have the promised veto - and was told "yes".

Moreover, Conservative MP Caroline Spelman and Labour MP Jack Dromey will "seek assurances from ministers" to "secure confirmation" of the PM's commitment of giving lawmakers a legally binding vote to delay Brexit, and a relevant motion may be voted on.

Jeremy Corbyn told the Parliamentary Labour Party earlier in the week: "We are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country".

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"In the key votes ahead of us we must extend article 50 to take a catastrophic no deal off the table and use that time to put this decision back to the people to decide if they back the government's botched Brexit deal or staying in our current European Union deal".

The series of House of Commons votes leaves every Brexit option on the table.

Labour's alternative Brexit plan, which aims to ensure that the United Kingdom joins a customs union with the EU after Brexit, was again defeated by MPs.

Five amendments were tabled this evening, including the Cooper amendment on Article 50 and Brexit date and Labour's amendment on an alternative Brexit plan.

MPs also rejected a proposal on Wednesday by the Scottish National Party calling for no-deal Brexit to be ruled out under any circumstances.

After the result in the Commons, shadow Brexit spokesman Matthew Pennycook appeared to suggest the party is ready to act, tweeting it is "now time to wholeheartedly get behind efforts to facilitate a new public vote that includes the option of staying in the EU".

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He said since the so-called "Brady amendment" was passed last month himself, Mrs May, Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox have been in "focused discussions" and are "making good progress" on coming up with "alternative arrangements". The EU assembly's constitutive session takes place in the first week of July.

Tory MP Ken Clarke rebelled to support Labour's amendment - he was joined by 235 Labour MPs, Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson and three Independent MPs - Ivan Lewis, Jared O'Mara, and John Woodcock.

A Number 10 source said the South Leicestershire MP had breached a long-standing convention that members of the administration - including parliamentary private secretaries (PPSs) - can not table amendments to Government motions.

'Wasting opportunities'Lisa Nandy said Labour risks bolstering support for Theresa May's Brexit deal.

In a joint statement, they said: "The Government has just confirmed acceptance of all the proposals in our amendments. While no deal might - might - be economically hard, no Brexit would be a democratic disaster".

"So, what, we'd back a referendum on our own deal if we managed to get through parliament?"

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