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MPs back Brexit plan to leave EU on 31 January

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1275 days and 2 general elections after Britain voted to leave the EU, the United Kingdom House of Commons finally agreed on how Brexit will be achieved.

358 MPs voted in support of Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit bill whilst 234 voted against.

With a 124 majority the Labour opposition have become instantaneously impotent in the House of Commons, just as Boris Johnson’s government goes ahead with extensive programs of social, economic and political change.

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The 124 majority in support of the new plan for Brexit included 6 Labour MP’s who rebelled against their leader Jeremy Corbyn. Labour MPs Emma Lewell-Buck, Jon Cruddas, Grahame Morris, Toby Perkins, Sarah Champion and Rosie Cooper voted in defiance of their party’s leadership.

Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields, said she would support the bill “with the heaviest of hearts”, adding: “I don’t want to oppose for opposition’s sake. We need to build consensus and stop the combative nature of this debate.”

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Jon Cruddas said “I hope the bill will be amended to align with Labour party policy in terms of environmental rights, workers rights and the like.”

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Boris Johnson’s general election victory means that he has withdrawn pre-election concessions offered to Labour MPs.

These include Clause 30 – which gave MPs a veto over transition period extension, Clause 31 – this gave MPs a say over future relationship negotiations, Clause 34 – this included guarantees on workers rights and Clause 37 – which included protections for unaccompanied children seeking asylum. The government asserted they will stay commited to the objective of Clause 37 via other means.

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