Corbyn replaces Lewis in shadow cabinet reshuffle
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 10, 2017,
Feb 10, 2017, 1:43
Members of the House of Commons voted by 494 votes to 122 for a law enabling May to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which begins two years of talks on pulling out of the 28-nation bloc.
British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was publicly lambasted by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after declaring that his fight over the government's Brexit plan "starts now", shortly after he voted in favor of triggering Britain's European Union exit. "If the Lords don't want to face an overwhelming public call to be abolished they must get on and protect democracy and pass this bill", the source said.
Rebecca-Long Bailey replaces Clive Lewis as Shadow Business Secretary - who quit last night before the final Commons vote.
"When I became the MP for Norwich South, I promised my constituents I would be 'Norwich's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in Norwich.' I therefore can not, in all conscience, vote for something I believe will ultimately harm the city I have the honour to represent, love and call home".
SNP MPs were later told off by Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle for whistling and singing Ode To Joy in the chamber as the third reading vote took place.
In total, 52 Labour MPs - including 12 junior shadow ministers and three whips - voted against the bill, which caused the resignations.
All amendments, laid by opposition parties in an attempt to steer the government's negotiating strategy, were defeated.
David Jones, the Brexit minister who led for the government during the parliamentary debate, insisted that the issues raised by the amendments could be debated at a later state in the Brexit process.
But during five days of debate on the resulting government bill, it became clear that most MPs would not stop the process.
A series of amendments created to secure more assurances on workers' rights, tax policy, and the future of European Union citizens post Brexit were also defeated by the government. There the government can't call upon a majority, but it can still call upon a so far successful argument - to block Brexit, is to disrupt democracy. It was voted down by 340 votes to 33 - a majority of 307.
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