Caroline Flint ripped into the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington for leaving the House on Commons before the vote on Wednesday where she would have been expected to follow Labour’s three-line whip despite her own entrenched opposition to Brexit.
The shadow home Secretary has since faced calls to resign her position, despite Ms Abbott defending herself by saying she was too sick to attend the historical vote.
Theresa May’s Brexit plan was backed by 498 MPs, sending the Government's EU Bill over its first Parliamentary hurdle with a massive majority, while 114 Remain MPs decision to ignore the will of the British people.
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Caroline Flint ripped into Diane Abbott for missing the landmark Article 50 vote
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Lambasting the frontbencher, Ms Flint told Peston on Sunday Ms Abbott had taken the "man flu" to a whole new level.
She told the ITV host: “We used to have man flu, now we have Brexit flu that Diane has created here.
“Look, it’s about being part of a team and I think she holds one of the most important roles, one of the most important portfolios in a shadow cabinet.
“If she can’t support the leader on this then she should go.”
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The call for Ms Abbott to step down if she cannot support Mr Corbyn comes after Andrew Neil slammed the Labour MP for dodging the vote.
Teasing the Labour politician on This Week, Neil said the nation’s “heart sank” on hearing Ms Abbott had been "taken ill".
He said: “I can tell you Diane Abbott is on her way to full recovery, hashtag #prayfordiane. The nation’s heart sank when it learned that she’d been struck down by a dose of Brexit flu last night.
“It’s been doing the rounds here in Westminster especially on the Labour benches and is known to be particularly virulent when it strikes just before a key vote on leaving the EU.
“It was a lucky break for the Government, which with Diane in intensive care in the back room of a Brexit bar in Hackney, the Government managed to scrape through the vote on Article 50 with a tiny majority of only 384.”
Ms Abbott was also targeted on Question Time on Thursday evening as Laura Perrins, co-editor of The Conservative Woman demanded MPs who cannot respect democracy should quit.
She said: “First of all I think anybody who’s constituency voted to Leave and they voted against it should certainly resign because they are anti-democratic and not serving their own constituencies and defying the will of the people."
And then in a clear jab at Ms Abbott, who went home ill shortly before the vote, she added: “And also anybody who had a migraine or passed in a sicky note, they should definitely resign.”
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The former barrister’s demand was sparked after Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow chief treasury secretary, argued MPs had been forced to make an “agonising choice”.
Ms Long-Bailey said: “I think people made an agonising choice, they had to vote with their heart.
“They had to vote in many cases in line with what their constituencies wanted them to do. But as I’ve said the Labour Party position certainly was to uphold the democratic will of the people.
“We will take an empathetic approach and an understandable approach to the MPs that voted against the party whip because they were put in difficult positions.”
She added: “I think there is a lot of discussions going be taking place over the next few weeks, I’ve heard the tip of the iceberg of the agonising decisions that many people will have to make considering Brexit.”
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