Large number of MPs almost certain to vote against any motion to hold a new ‘public vote’
Yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX exposed the misleading media handling of Labour’s Brexit amendment, as the so-called ‘MSM’ claimed variously that the amendment included provision for a new referendum or signalled a ‘shift’ in Labour’s policy toward one.
In fact, the amendment contains no mention at all of a new vote – and Labour simply reiterated its established policy of using a new referendum only as a final option to prevent Theresa May’s incompetence dragging the UK into a no-deal Brexit.
If such a motion should be tabled, the SKWAWKBOX understands that around one in six current Labour MPs – at least 35 – would feel obligated to vote against any new referendum, in order to respect the wishes of their constituents.
The group includes MPs from across the Labour spectrum, from the right of the party, ‘soft left’ and left-wing – and includes as many as eleven front-benchers. The figure does not include former Labour MPs now sitting as independents.
Labour has not ruled out the prospect of a ‘free vote’ on the issue.
Given the strength of feeling in many ‘Labour leave’ constituencies on the issue – and the number of MPs who have defied the whip in the past to support ‘remain’ amendments – the party would be well advised to make it clear that MPs will not face adverse consequences because of voting with their consciences.
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