Claims up to ten Labour MPs could quit Jeremy Corbyn’s party over Brexit as soon as TODAY
- Many of Corbyn’s MPs are deeply frustrated with how he has handled Brexit
- They are also angry at the on-going scandal over anti-Semitism in Labour ranks
- A group of seven to 10 MPs are thought to be on the brink of quitting Labour
- They could sit as independent MPs or establish an entirely new party
Up to 10 Labour MPs could quit Jeremy Corbyn’s party over Brexit as soon as today, it has been claimed.
Pro-EU MPs have lost patience with Mr Corbyn’s refusal to support a second referendum on Brexit – insisting he wants to deliver his own Brexit instead.
The group is thought to include Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Luciana Berger, Ian Austin and Angela Smith. All have clashed repeatedly with Mr Corbyn.
More than 40 MPs defied the Labour leader to vote in favour of delaying Brexit to avoid no deal last night.
The Labour leader ordered his MPs to abstain on the SNP proposal telling the Prime Minister to seek an extension of Article 50 of at least three months – but 41 voted in favour of the plan.
The rebellions will fuel fears in the Labour leadership that pro-Remain MPs could finally breakaway from the party in a catastrophic split.
Up to 10 Labour MPs – a group thought to include Chuka Umunna (pictured) – could quit Jeremy Corbyn’s party over Brexit as soon as today, it has been claimed
The group is thought to include Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie (right), Luciana Berger (left), Ian Austin and Angela Smith. All have clashed repeatedly with Mr Corbyn
One Labour source told BuzzFeed that ‘Friday has been talked about as the day to do it’ by a group of seven to 10 Labour MPs.
Another source confirmed to the website that a ‘clichéd Valentine’s Day break-up’ had been discussed.
During yesterday’s Brexit debate former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie lashed his party’s position on Brexit.
He said: ‘The idea that the Labour Party is not together and arguing against this tragedy, against this disaster is for me entirely heartbreaking.’
The MP branded Brexit an ‘unmitigated disaster’, adding he held the Prime Minister ‘responsible’ for the conduct of the negotiations.
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He went on: ‘But the truth is there have been an increasing number of people on these benches abstaining, even front benchers abstaining.
‘Therefore we have to wait for members of the payroll, Government ministers to do the brave thing and resign to counteract for the loss of some of those numbers on what should be a solid Labour move against this outrageous situation.’
The new act of defiance came after a senior Labour MP accused Mr Corbyn of helping to deliver a Tory Brexit.
Clive Lewis, who quit the shadow cabinet to vote against triggering Article 50, warned Labour would be punished by voters for facilitating Theresa May’s deal.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured leaving home yesterday) ordered his MPs to abstain on the SNP proposal telling the Prime Minister to seek an extension of Article 50 of at least three months – but 41 voted in favour of the plan.
Mr Lewis’s intervention came as Mr Corbyn was warned he could face a walk out of shadow ministers for failing to demand a second Brexit vote.
Referring to the Lib Dems who formed the coalition with the Conservatives in 2010, Mr Lewis said: ‘They were utterly and comprehensively destroyed by the British public and not forgiven because they facilitated austerity.
‘They facilitated the Tories doing that. And my fear is that what we are now doing is we are helping to facilitate a Tory Brexit.
‘And the ramifications for our party I think will be severe.’
He added: ‘And I tell you what, the Tory right wing mainstream media will get behind that narrative.
‘And it is us, the Labour Party, who will pick up a lot of the flack for what happens.’
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