Earlier today, the government narrowly defeated an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would have given Parliament its proper democratic say – Brexit was, after all, about taking back control – on whatever Brexit deal or excuse for a deal Theresa May eventually presents.
The amendment was defeated by 319 votes to 303.
The full list of Labour MPs who voted against the amendment or abstained from voting is as follows:
John Mann, Bassetlaw
Frank Field, Birkenhead
Kate Hoey, Vauxhall
Graham Stringer, Blackley & Broughton
Kevin Barron, Rother Valley
Caroline Flint, Don Valley
Jim Fitzpatrick, Poplar & Limehouse
Gareth Snell, Stoke Central
If all of these MPs had voted in support of the amendment, the final result would have been 315-311, so the amendment would still have been defeated.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pushed this amendment hard and parliamentary sources report that Labour’s ‘Whips were all over it’.
This means that the blame for the defeat of this vital amendment rests squarely on the shoulders of the so-called ‘Tory rebels’ who tamely, gullibly swallowed yet another line from Theresa May and – just like last week – did anything but actually rebel.
Six Tories did rebel. These were Ken Clarke, Sarah Wollaston, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, Antoinette Sandbach and Philip Lee.
Shame on the others – and shame especially on the so-called Labour ‘moderates’ and on the ‘FBPE’-hashtag obsessives who have spent weeks talking up the virtues of Tory ‘rebels’ while wilfully ignoring the parliamentary arithmetic and political realities to attack Corbyn when the blame and responsibility belong fully to the Tory government and Tory serial-non-rebels.
The ‘Brexit for the few’ that the UK is on course for is and will remain the fault of a feeble, chaotic Tory government and the combination of utter incompetence and collapse-by-design of its various factions.
(A small number of Labour MPs were missing because of illness or unavoidable causes and, because of the vagaries of the parliamentary reporting system, recorded as abstaining. Given that the Labour Whip even extended to seriously ill MPs arriving in wheelchairs, it’s a given that those missing MPs could not possibly have attended – and similarly absent Tories will have . cancelled them out.?
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