LABOUR AT LOGGERHEADS: Hoey Blasts Back As 60+ Labour MPs Rebel
Divisions within the Labour Party bubbled to the surface during a tempestuous debate in the House Of Commons. Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall, was making a speech calling for the government to enshrine the Brexit date into law, an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that Theresa May withdrew.
My worry about clause amendment seven was that the EU have done this before with other countries which was against something that they didn’t want.
I had this worry that the nearer that we get to the end if we did not have an agreement nearer the end, of course, it is in the EU’s interest to delay and delay.
And delay and if they know that this Parliament is just waiting to actually allow more time and then in all that time we are paying more and more money.
She was interrupted by someone seemingly from the Labour benches claiming “its nonsense”; she retorted:
You may think that I am talking absolute nonsense.
There are seventeen-and-a-half million people out there who don’t think I’m talking nonsense.
Meanwhile, an amendment put forward by Chris Leslie, Nottingham East Labour MP, that would have kept Britain in the Customs Union was backed by 64 of his Labour colleagues against the wishes of the Labour leadership. The 64 rebels represent a quarter of the Parliamentary Labour Party and their rebellion is a massive blow against Jeremy Corbyn’s authority and once again raises questions about precisely what Labour’s Brexit policy currently is with Corbyn saying one thing, Sir Keir Starmer another and the Parliamentary party voting for something else.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said that it showed how deeply divided Labour is:
The Labour Party is deeply split between those who are trying to keep the UK in the EU against the wishes of the electorate and those who respect the result.
This leaves Mr Corbyn as piggy in the middle.