Four MPs who are also part of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet could be forced to resign if they vote against Brexit, should it come to parliament.
Leader, Jeremy Corbyn said he would order his MPs not to vote against Article 50 should it come before parliament.
Next Tuesday, The Supreme Court rules whether Prime Minister Theresa May will have to gain parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50, the formal process for leaving the EU.
Reports are surfacing of frontbench Labour MPs lobbying to block Article 50 and defy the will of the British people. They have voiced fears that voters will punish the party if leaving the EU has a detrimental effect on the economy.
Labour MPs uneasy at voting to trigger Article 50
One MP allegedly told The Guardian that “I’m concerned that if we wave article 50 through, my constituents will go crazy.
“When the pain hits, as it will, and when people lose their jobs, you need to be on the right side of that. I don’t think we should vote to trigger article 50.”
The Guardian also reported that more frontbench and junior frontbench MPs are planning to vote against triggering Article 50.
The labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, “All Labour MPs will be asked to vote in that direction next week or whenever the vote comes up.”
Before Christmas 23 Labour MPs voted against Brexit in a Commons debate.
Corbyn added, ‘It’s very clear, the referendum made a decision that Britain was to leave the European Union.
‘It wasn’t to destroy jobs or living standards or communities but it was to leave the European Union and have a different relationship in the future.
‘I’ve made it very clear, the Labour party accepts and respects the decision of the British people – we will not block Article 50.’
During last summer’s botched coup Labour MPs used an array of dirty tricks to try and oust Corbyn as leader. This could be used as another excuse to do the same.