The Bill, which paves the way for the UK’s departure from the European Union, is due to be initially debated by MPs on Tuesday – in a sitting that may last until midnight – and clear the House of Commons on February 8, after which it will move to the House of Lords.
However, his party have announced they will add a series of conditions to the proposed legislation, which was introduced to Parliament on Thursday.
Speaking in the Commons, Labour MP Chuka Umunna lashed out at the Government’s debate timetable, suggesting the Prime Minister was attempting to “muzzle the voice of the people”.
Chuka Umanna accused Theresa May of "elective dictatorship" over her Article 50 debate timetable
Why is this Government trying to muzzle the voice of the people in Parliament?
The MP for Streatham said: “The former Conservative Lord Chancellor, the late, Lord Hailsham described government in this country as an ‘elective dictatorship’.
“This Government with the timetabling of this EU withdrawal bill seems determined to prove him right. Whether he was right or wrong, it was in the name of democracy that people campaigned for us to leave the European Union.
“So I repeat the question, why is this Government trying to muzzle the voice of the people in Parliament with the timetabling of this bill?”
The short proposed Bill, which MPs are set to debate, contains two clauses, but Labour have proposed significantly adding to its word-length with a series of conditions.
These include a demand for a parliamentary vote on Britain’s final exit deal before it reaches MEPs in the European Parliament, tying the Government to an ambition to protect workers’ rights and full tariff-free single market access, guaranteeing EU migrants’ rights to the UK and regular consultation with all UK parliaments during the Brexit talks.
Tulip Siddiq quit the Labour shadow cabinet after Jeremy Corbyn imposed a three-line whip on his MPs
Mr Corbyn said: “Labour will seek to amend the Article 50 Bill to prevent the Government using Brexit to turn Britain into a bargain basement tax haven off the coast of Europe. Our country can do much better than that.
“We respect the will of the British people, but not the will of this Tory government to impose fewer rights at work and worse public services, while the largest corporations pay even less tax.
“Labour will ensure that the British people, through Parliament, have genuine accountability and oversight over the Brexit negotiations because no-one voted to give Prime Minister Theresa May a free hand over our future.”
Having imposed the three-line whip on his MPs, Mr Corbyn faces his first resignation from the frontbench over Brexit.
Tulip Siddiq, the Shadow minister for early years, confirmed her resignation in a letter to leader Mr Corbyn, telling the party leader that she would not vote against her constituents.
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.
The MP for Hampstead and Kilburn said: “The vast majority of my constituents voted last year to Remain in the European Union, as did I.
“Once the announcement of the three-line whip on the Article 50 vote, I, therefore, feel I have no choice but to resign from my front bench role as shadow minister for early years.
“I have always been clear – I do not represent Westminster in Hampstead and Kilburn, I represent Hampstead and Kilburn in Westminster.
“I feel that the most effective place for me to counter Theresa May’s ‘hard’ Brexit is from the backbenches.
“I do not support the triggering of Article 50 and cannot reconcile myself to the frontbench position.”