Jeremy Corbyn Turns Dictator as Power Crumbles
The government has indicated it intends to continue pushing for a “hard Brexit” – meaning the UK will leave the single market and customs union in exchange for ending freedom of movement – even though the ruling party lost its majority on June 8.
3 Ministers fired for refusing to obey Jeremy Corbyn’s order to abstain from voting on an amendment for the UK to stay in the single market after Brexit.
Shadow ministers Andy Slaughter, Ruth Cadbury, and Catherine West were three of 49 MPs who voted for the amendment to the Queen’s Speech brought by Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
It called for the government not to leave the EU without a deal, to guarantee a parliamentary vote on the final outcome of negotiations, to set in place transitional arrangements, and to “set out proposals to remain within the customs union and single market.”
Jeremy Corbyn is attempting to overturn the democratic will of the people.
Corbyn had imposed a three-line whip ordering his MPs to abstain because, although Labour policy chimes with most of the sentiment, the party does not support the bid to keep full membership of the single market.
Cadbury said she was aware that as she was breaking the Whip she could not retain her frontbench role.
“I had no doubt that I had to support the amendment moved by Labour colleagues with cross-party support,” she told the BBC.
“The amendment ruled out withdrawing from the EU without a deal, sought a parliamentary vote on the final negotiations, and proposed remaining in the customs union and single market.
“Only then can we protect jobs, trade and certainty for business, as well as protecting the rights of EU citizens, with reciprocal rights for UK citizens.”
Corbyn was severely beaten on the vote foe Umunna’s amendment by 101 votes to 323.