Labour MPs Confident Brexit Can Be Voted Down and Blocked

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) gestures as Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner (L) and Deputy Labour party leader Tom Watson (R) look on in the main hall, on day three of the annual Labour Party Conference on September 26, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Leon …
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Labour MPs believe the negotiated terms of leaving the European Union will be voted down in Parliament, forcing the government to attempt a rapid renegotiation or “reconsider” Brexit altogether.

All but a handful of the party’s MPs voted to remain in the bloc, and some are now plotting to work alongside Scottish Nationalists and the Liberal Democrats to thwart the will of the people at the last minute.

Thanks to a Tory rebellion of EU loyalists led by Dominic Grieve, MPs will be given a “meaningful vote” on a final withdrawal deal, and Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer has already promised to vote against a ‘no deal’ situation.

Now, Labour MPs and Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have boasted that there is a commonly held view in Westminster that any form of deal will be rejected by parliament.

Speaking to CityAM, one Labour MEP said: “If that happens, you have Labour, SNP, Lib Dems and some Tory pro-European rebels — none of those people support leaving without a deal… You cannot construe that as the will of Parliament.

“In that case, it can mean one of only two things — that the government will have to go and negotiate something else, with all the time constraints that there are, or it must mean ‘my goodness we will need to reconsider Brexit’.”

Brexit Secretary David Davis has said voting down the negotiated terms would mean Britain leaves the EU with ‘no deal’, but the Labour saboteurs appear to think it could keep the country inside the bloc.

A faction of the Labour Party led by Chuka Umunna MP has been pushing to persuade their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to back a second referendum as well as keeping Britain inside the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union, tied to many of its rules and regulations.

Mr. Corbyn has, so far, resisted the calls, and claims to be committed to Brexit — but a leaked memo reported earlier this month appeared to show he had been plotting with EU negotiators to keep the UK inside some form of a customs union.

Labour’s London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is one of those reportedly pushing for a second referendum, along with Kezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour leader, and Andrew Gwynne, the Shadow Communities Secretary.

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