The Liberal Democrat leader hit out at Labour in the week MPs overwhelmingly backed the Government’s Article Bill, which is aimed at giving the Prime Minister the power to formally trigger EU divorce talks.
Mr Farron ordered his MPs to vote against the Bill, having failed in a bid to force the Government to commit to a second EU referendum at the end of Article 50 negotiations.
By contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of the Bill, despite also having been defeated in attempts to add his own party’s amendments to the proposed legislation.
More than 50 Labour MPs rebelled against Mr Corbyn and voted against the Bill, sparking resignations from his shadow cabinet, while 162 MPs heeded their party leaders three-line whip and backed the Government.
Mr Farron accused Labour of having “waved the white flag” on Brexit.
Speaking in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this week ahead of the crunch House of Commons’ vote, the Liberal Democrat leader attacked Labour’s position on Brexit.
In an interview with Express.co.uk at Staffordshire University’s campus in the city – while leading a voter registration drive among students in the hope of boosting the Liberal Democrat candidate’s chances in an upcoming by-election – Mr Farron drew a comparison between Mr Corbyn and long-time eurosceptics such as Tory MP Sir Bill Cash and ex-Ukip leader Mr Farage.
He said: “I admire people like Bill Cash and Nigel Farage who have strongly taken the view they have these several years about our position in the EU. I totally disagree with them but I admire them.
“What I find hard to admire is people who sit on the fence who believe one thing but then kind of say the other because they're too scared of the electorate.
“It's really important in politics to have the courage of your convictions and we are having the courage of our convictions, popular or otherwise we'll find out."
Around two-thirds of Labour voters backed Remain on June 23, but roughly two-thirds of Labour MPs represent parliamentary seats that backed Leave.
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Tim Farron told Express.co.uk he admires Nigel Farage but branded Jeremy Corbyn 'utterly pointless'
The Labour Party seems to have waved the white flag. I think that's unacceptable.
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Mr Farron added: “The Labour Party seems to have, on the biggest issue affecting this country in generations, to have waved the white flag. I think that's unacceptable.
“Even if you're massively in favour of Brexit and a supporter of the Conservative Party, for example, surely you agree it's the worst thing for British politics and British democracy to have an official opposition that is so utterly pointless.”
The Liberal Democrats are hoping their pro-EU position will attract pro-Remain voters in the upcoming Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election.
But bookies predict their candidate Dr Zulfiqar Ali will be pushed out in a two-way fight between Ukip leader Paul Nuttall and Labour candidate Gareth Snell.
At the EU referendum, nearly 70 per cent of local residents in Stoke voted to quit the EU.