The true left has always put the people of this country before any government, body, group, committee. The Labour party in the Blair era became ever closer to the EU, signing away power, legislation, money and even parliament’s right to govern its subjects.
But tonight, in a vote that transcended mere party politics, 15 Labour MPs voted against their party in order to represent their constituents, and democracy.
15 Labour MPs voted with Govt to leave the EEA. Mostly Leave seats. pic.twitter.com/RS7EyZmVKp
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) 13 June 2018
These 15 voted with the government to leave the EEA, making it almost impossible for rebels to win.
Regardless of the implications politically, a huge amount of credit has to go with those brave enough to put their voters, their nation and their democracy, above all else.
Five Labour MPs have resigned, moments before the result of a vote on an EU Withdrawal Bill amendment calling for the government to make remaining in the EEA a negotiating objective pic.twitter.com/yiCzyqZJ56
— Sky News (@SkyNews) 13 June 2018
Shadow minister resigns Moments before the vote
Laura Smith resigned as a shadow Cabinet Office minister and five MPs stood down as parliamentary private secretaries. Ms Smith said: “I will not vote for any amendment to Brexit legislation that does not deliver the exit from the European Union that my constituents voted for.”
Labour split three ways as the Commons debated a Lords amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill calling for EEA membership to remain on the negotiating table. The party’s leadership argues that the move would not respect the spirit of the Brexit referendum result and leave Britain with no say over the rules it would have to follow.