MEP praises Labour MPs for defying Corbyn
Gianni Pitella, the leader of the Socialist group in the European Parliament said Labour MPs were “correct” to do so because “we were for Brex-in, not for Brexit.”
Pitella, an Italian MEP, said: “I understand the Corbyn position that the [Brexit] referendum has given us an outcome and Corbyn will respect this outcome.”
A fifth of Labour MPs voted against legislation in the Commons granting Theresa May the power to trigger the UK’s exit from the European Union – defying Corbyn’s three-line whip.
After the landmark vote, the embattled politician faced a number of resignations from his Shadow Cabinet, including the loss of Clive Lewis, the former shadow business secretary.
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
Nicola Sturgeon mocked the Labour leader on Twitter after the claimed “the fight starts now” on Twitter.
Corbyn tweeted: “Real fight starts now. Over next two years Labour will use every opportunity to ensure Brexit protects jobs, living standards & the economy.”
Retaliating, Sturgeon responded with a tweet that read: “How? You've just handed the Tories a blank cheque. You didn't win a single concession but still voted for the Bill. Pathetic.”
A total of 47 Labour MPs voted against the Brexit bill, joining 50 SNP MPs and seven Liberal Democrats. One Conservative MP, Ken Clarke, joined them in the division lobbies. The bill is now set to be scrutinised, amended and voted upon in the House of Lords.
Sturgeon has also ridiculed Corbyn, but on Twitter
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Although the Italian MEP said Corbyn was a “nice person” and a “visionary leader”, Pitella said Corbyn would have been a better leader if he was European.
Gianni Pitella, 58, is due to meet Corbyn next week, for talks on how to boost the European left.
Pitella claimed: “The UK remains a key country in Europe, maybe not in the European Union, but in Europe. The Labour Party can be a pillar of Socialist and progressive forces in Europe.”
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