Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Brexit news: Thornberry dismisses Labour Leavers’ threat against Remain bill | UK | News

Speaking to Sky News, the Shadow Foreign Secretary seemed untroubled by the idea that pro-  MPs could vote with on Tuesday night in a key vote aimed at stopping the Prime Minister from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31. Ms Thornberry argued it would be “completely wrong” for her Labour colleagues to vote against the leadership, whilst she congratulated the bravery of Tory MPs who are expected to vote against their Party.

Confronted with the possibility that Labour leavers could at the last moment put tonight’s result in jeopardy by voting with Boris Johnson’s Government, she said: “It was raised by the chief whip tonight with the parliamentary Labour Party and it was put to the parliamentary Labour Party, to Labour MPs, that there were about 20 Conservative MPs who had been incredibly brave tonight and were putting the interest of the country before their own personal interest.

“And that it would be, in those circumstances, completely wrong for any Labour MP not to vote the right way.

“And he got a round of applause.”

But as she was reminded of the staunch position of Labour Brexiteer Kate Hoey against the Remainer motion, she snapped: “I don’t remember when I last saw Kate Hoey in the same lobby as me I’m afraid.

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“Kate Hoey is not standing again as a Labour MP and I don’t think that she’s behaved like a Labour MP for some time now.”

The stern attack on the Labour MP comes as Members of Parliament prepare to vote on a motion tabled by Sir Oliver Letwin aimed at forcing the Prime Minister to request an extension to the Brexit process. 

Sir Oliver claimed the purpose of the proposed extension to the Brexit process is to provide the Government with time to solve the Brexit impasse.

The Tory Remainer said that if the House supports this motion tonight we have a chance to pass a law mandating Prime Minister Boris Johnson to see a Brexit delay if there is a no deal exit.

Mr Corbyn said the UK’s economy is in a “fragile state”, and said now is not the time to impose a no-deal Brexit on the country.

He said: “What we are asking MPs today to do is to rule out playing Russian roulette with this country’s future.

“With our industry, with our National Health Service, and with people’s jobs and livelihoods all at stake for their trying to retain power.”

On the other side of the aisle, House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg argued that it is not for Parliament to undertake the role and functions of the executive. 

He added that “rules and conventions protect us from winds of tyranny” and that “if we take those rules away, we lose that protection”.

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