Labour MPs Rachael Maskell and Dawn Butler have resigned from the Shadow Cabinet over the vote to trigger the formal process of leaving the EU.
The vote on the European Union Bill is expected to take place this evening at 19:00.
Jeremy Corbyn said: “I would like to thank Dawn and Rachael for their work in the shadow cabinet. They are great assets to the Labour party and to our movement.”
“MPs have a duty to represent their constituents as well as their party, and I understand the difficulties that MPs for constituencies which voted Remain have in relation to the European Union withdrawal Bill.”
“However, it is right that the Labour Party respects the outcome of the referendum on leaving the European Union. We have said all along that Labour will not frustrate the triggering of Article 50 and to that end we are asking all MPs to vote for the Bill at its second reading tonight.”
“I wish both Dawn and Rachael well and look forward to working with them in the future.”
This will be yet another blow to the credibility of the Labour Party as an effective opposition force.
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