Labour rebels plan Brexit confrontation

Written By: Chris McLaughlin
Published: August 5, 2017 Last modified: August 5, 2017

A fresh row has broken out over Labour’s stand on Brexit with MPs attempting to form an alliance with Tories. The cross-party group of Labour members plans to force a vote to reverse the referendum result when Parliament returns in the autumn from the summer recess.

The group includes MPs Stephen Kinnock, Chuka Umunna and Heidi Alexander. They hope to join with Labour MPs in alliance opposing Brexit and supporting continued membership of the European Economic Area.

One option under consideration for backbenchers to press for a parliamentary amendment.

One MP in favour of the move predicted that it would produce the biggest clash of the parliamentary skirmishing over Brexit.

It is apparently legally dubious as to how far the campaign for the European Economic Area could be taken. The issue has split the Labour Party, with different sides lining up on different lines.

“Soft Brexit” supporters claim to have garnered more more votes in the general election than those who supported Britain’s exit. The latest set of data following the long-running British Election Study found that Brexit far outstripped any other single issue in minds of voters before voting. When actual voting was taken into account, the Conservatives were the “party to leave”.

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Chris McLaughlin is Editor of Tribune