If the government loses a decision in the Supreme Court next Tuesday – over whether it needs parliament’s approval to leave the European Union – it will have to produce brief legislation for the Article 50 process.
Reports suggest scores of Labour MPs are planning to vote against the bill, despite Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn warning his colleagues they would be expected to back the Government’s stance on Brexit.
The MP said: “The Labour manifesto made clear that we supported being in the European Union, the Labour conference voted after the referendum last year to retain our position.
Andrew Neil slapped down Neil Coyle for announcing his intention to vote against Article 50
The fact is, overall, that jobs have risen
“The facts haven’t changed since before the referendum and I believe voters actually want people to stand up their principles and not as Jacob Rees-Mogg [also on Daily Politics] was just saying, and not be a career politician.”
Mr Coyle added: “I believe that membership of the EU is better for this country – my views have no changed.”
His anti-democratic stance wound up the show’s host Andrew Neil, who accused the Labour MP of warping facts about job losses since Britain’s historic decision to leave the EU in June last year.
“You don’t know that! Jobs have been created substantially,” he rebuked.
When Mr Coyle said that simply wasn’t the case in his ward, Neil replied: “Maybe that is just your constituency? The fact is, overall, that jobs have risen.”
The Labour MP then tried to defend his decision by claiming his stance is not part of a “division” in his party, claiming the Conservatives had been left in a far bigger mess with the departure of David Cameron and other high-profile members in the months following the vote.
“The Government is in disarray and the damage is being done,” Mr Coyle added.
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“You say you want to come back and talk about that. I’m saying businesses from my constituency this morning, they’re already not investing, not taking premises – and the financial sectors have indicated 7,000 banking jobs leaving this country as a direct result of Government delays.
“They are all facts.”
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Neil blasted back: “Well you are divided! All of these figures could be disputed but that’s not the issue– they are not facts!”
Alongside Mr Coyle, a key ally of Mr Corbyn is expected to be the first member to say he may refuse to vote to start Brexit.
Clive Lewis, the shadow business secretary, said Labour should be demanding “assurances and guarantees” before triggering the Article 50 and beginning the formal European divorce talks.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Corbyn said: “I’ve made it very clear the Labour Party accepts and respects the decision of the British people. We will not block Article 50.”