Neil Coyle shocked MP’s on Wednesday as he shouted “b******” multiple times while vowing to vote against the Government for Brexit negotiations to begin.
The MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark referenced an infamous Sir John Major speech – where the former prime minister used the expletive to describe eurosceptic backbenchers in the early 1990s.
Speaking on day two of the Article 50 Bill, the Labour politician rehashed the phrase to explain why he would vote inline with his Remain constituency and against the instruction of leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Neil Coyle MP was challenged after swearing twice during his Article 50 Bill speech
A whole Government full of b******s
Neil Coyle MP
“I hear from people who are very worried about their future economic prospects, young professionals who supported the Conservative Party at the last election who are now politically homeless,” he told the Commons.
“The former Prime Minister John Major referred to the likes of the former secretary of work and pensions as b******s – he could not have known that his party would become a whole Government full of b******s, who are absolutely causing economic damage to my constituencies and for the whole country.”
The blue language was met with a shower of jeers from surrounding MPs who heckled the London MP for defying the will of the British people.
The Labour politician was heckled by fellow MPs as he swore on Wednesday
Undeterred, Mr Coyle took aim at his own party leadership who issued a three-line whip for MPs to vote for the Article 50 Bill.
“At the risk of offending my own front bench as well as the Government front bench I say this.
“My members vigorously campaigned to Remain in the European Union and they deserve a frontbench position that does not to sign up to the Government's position, the Government’s timetable and the Government’s debate – it is a disgrace,” he thundered.
The Speaker of the House forced the Labour MP to apologise
Unhappy with the unruly remark, John Bercow, Speaker of the House, was forced to step in an issue a stern warning to the Labour MP.
Mr Bercow said: “Can I just say to the honourable member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark that he shouldn’t have used the word he used.
“He tried to wrap it up in a quote, but it was very unseemly and rather undignified and quite unnecessary and he shouldn’t have done it and he should apologise.”
Left red-faced, Mr Coyle once again rose in the Chamber and issued a grovelling apology to anybody who felt it was “unparliamentary language”.
It was the second time on Wednesday the MP found himself in a spat during the debate on triggering the Brexit process.
He clashed with Tim Farron after accusing the Lib Dem leader of contributing to Brexit by ignoring the fact immigration had become a “proxy” for the UK’s problems.
Infuriated, Mr Farron slated the Labour MP for “speaking the language of Nigel Farage,” sparking cries of “disgrace” and “how dare you” from Mr Coyle.
The two-day debate will conclude on Wednesday evening with MPs set to vote on the Bill at 19:00.