Labour MPs representing Leave-voting constituencies find themselves facing what is rapidly becoming an all-too-familiar dilemma as the tortuous legislative process of departing the European Union continues.
In the wake of the General Election, where many promised their electorate that they would respect the referendum result and not block the progress of Brexit, they have found themselves placed in a difficult position over the repeal Bill.
Measures which seeks to transpose relevant EU law on to the UK statute book to ensure there are no gaps in legislation at the point of departure in March 2019 are being opposed by Jeremy Corbyn on the grounds they represent a “power-grab by the Government” that would give Ministers authority to amend laws without full scrutiny.
Yorkshire MPs set to rebel in crucial vote on EU Withdrawal Bill
Labour’s efforts to block the Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill have suffered a set back after two Yorkshire MPs announced they will defy the party leadership to abstain from tonight’s vote.
Rother Valley MP Sir Kevin Barron and Don Valley MP Caroline Flint have both refused to vote against the Bill, with the latter warning any attempt to “kill” the legislation “would cause huge problems” for the Brexit process.