UK Labour Party suspends MP over antisemitism allegations

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Corbyn prepares to cut Gordian knot of #Brexit impasse
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02 March, 2019

UK Labour and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to back a second referendum after his Brexit alternative was voted down in Commons on Wednesday.

When Luciana Berger was "bullied" out of Labour it was the worst "day of shame" in the party's history, the party's deputy leader has said.

There is growing momentum in Parliament against a no-deal scenario, and it is therefore most likely this option will get voted down, barring a big change in sentiment - but that can not be taken for granted.

It remains the case that while in much of the Labour Party there is a strong demand to argue and campaign for another referendum, in order to try to stay in the European Union, the leader's office has significant doubts about that. If the path to a People's Vote, is indeed as narrow as the cliental of Westminster's pubs and bars think; why is the feeling, amongst Labour Parliamentarians, so optimistic that this is where the Brexit: Endgame is moving towards?

"We'll also back a public vote in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or disastrous no deal".

Mr Corbyn, however, in a move likely to frustrate Europhile Labour MPs, added that he would "continue to push" for other options, including Labour's Brexit plan and a general election.

Former shadow minister Lucy Powell estimated that up to 25 MPs would vote against a Labour whip to back a second referendum, no matter how the motion was worded.

In the Tory party, anger has simmered that the right leaning ERG who are strongly Eurosceptic have been allowed too much influence over the Brexit process whilst more moderate voices are ignored.

The resignation came after the prime minister on Tuesday promised MPs a vote on delaying the UK's departure from the European Union or ruling out a no-deal Brexit, if they reject her deal in "a meaningful vote" in mid-March.

Lawmakers voted 502-20 in support of an amendment proposed by opposition Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper that spelled out May's proposed timetable.

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The prime minister is still seeking changes to a withdrawal agreement struck with the European Union late previous year, which she hopes will be enough to get it through parliament's lower House of Commons.

The House of Commons will get another vote on delaying Brexit if both the Withdrawal Agreement and "no-deal" are rejected by MPs on March 12.

Jeremy Corbyn will tomorrow table an amendment to the government's Brexit motion with Labour's five requirements for a "credible alternative plan".

Asked if he was considering whether to resign from the party, the MP did not rule it out, and said his "patience is wearing pretty thin" - namely around Labour's Brexit policy, as he supports a further referendum on whether to leave or remain in the EU. All other Liberal Democrat MPs abstained.

"We need to close these issues down and we do it by being absolutely vigilant in the way we deal with racism in our own ranks".

When will there be serious engagement with people living in the north and in the Midlands who vote Labour but also voted for Brexit?

Mr Costa quit his position as an unpaid parliamentary aide in the Scotland Office, despite Home Secretary Sajid Javid saying he supported his proposal and Downing Street making clear that Mrs May does not oppose it.

When another MP told Javid that the government had suggested it would fight the amendment, he said: "When did you hear that?"

But Labour said he had effectively been sacked.


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