Centrist Labour MP Stephen Kinnock told Sky News this morning that he and other centrists ‘can’t vote for that‘ – ‘that‘ being Theresa May’s ‘truckload of fudge‘ Brexit deal.
However, Kinnock – and a number of other centrists who had tweeted using similar wording about their intention not to support May’s deal – did not say, ‘I will vote against it’, leading some observers to note that abstentions might be planned. This would not ‘support’ the deal, but equally would do little to prevent its passage through the Commons in early December:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Kinnock and others to ask for clarification of their intentions. At first, his office responded with a link to the tweet pictured above, but when the lack of clarity was pointed out, a comment from Kinnock himself was provided:
I have been absolutely clear for over two years that I will only support an EEA-based Brexit; one that maintains full access to the single market while increasing our control over our laws and immigration, whilst reflecting the 52:48 vote and helping to reunite our deeply divided country.
Given that it appears that Theresa May has not specified this type of Brexit in the political declaration, I plan to vote against her deal.
Responses from others will be published as and when received.
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