Jeremy Corbyn will not remove whip from Labour MPs that vote for Brexit deal
- Credit: Archant
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to threaten Labour MPs that back Boris Johnson on Brexit.
The Labour leader said he believed in the "power of persuasion" instead, despite a number of Labour Leave MPs continuing to rebel against the whip, including Graham Stringer, Kate Hoey, and Dennis Skinner.
He said: "I believe in the power of persuasion rather than the power of threat.
"I will ask all Labour MPs to vote along with the party, in opposing any deal which damages rights and protections, or drives us into the arms of Donald Trump."
A number of Labour MPs have said that they want to see a Brexit deal to avoid the threat of a no-deal Brexit, but with the Benn act in place that threat would be reduced.
You may also want to watch:
Politicians including Stephen Kinnock, Caroline Flint and Gloria de Piero among those MPs within the MPs for a deal campaign group.
Kinnock placed support as high as 30 MPs supporting them, with 19 recently signing an open letter to the leader opposing a Brexit extension.
- 1 Susanna Reid takes on Priti Patel over government's gaslighting of public on coronavirus
- 2 Brexiteer musician accused of hypocrisy after demanding No 10 help bands with EU visa
- 3 Tory minister admits UK rejected EU's music visa offer in order to 'take back control' of borders
- 4 PMQs: Ben Bradshaw calls out Boris Johnson over Brexit lies
- 5 ‘Don’t haste ye back’ - Nicola Sturgeon's perfect farewell message to Donald Trump
- 6 Piers Morgan calls on Priti Patel to resign over missing crime records fiasco
- 7 Tory MPs vote down Lords bid to protect NHS from post-Brexit trade deals
- 8 9 of the best tweets of Donald Trump leaving the White House
- 9 Boris Johnson narrowly avoids defeat over vote on trade deals with genocidal regimes
- 10 Trump caller hangs up on James O'Brien after failing to cite ex-president's 'truths'
If the Labour leadership do remove the whip from the MPs it would prevent them from standing again as Labour at a general election.
But despite his relaxed attitude, Corbyn said he was "deeply concerned" about the Brexit negotiations, which could lead to a "mega loss of rights".
He said: "What I heard from the talks which are going on leads me to be deeply concerned, that in reality there's going to be a border in the Irish Sea, between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
"And, that the loss of the regulatory power of the European Union on consumer rights, on workers' rights and so on, will lead to a trade deal with the United States and a mega loss of rights.
"This is not a deal that we can support."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.