Labour prepared to vote down Brexit bill
Keir Starmer has moved to reassure anxious Labour MPs that the shadow cabinet is prepared to vote against the government’s Brexit deal after Emily Thornberry appeared to suggest the agreement could be so vague her party might back it.
Parliament has been promised a meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement and the shadow Brexit secretary has laid out six tests he says the deal must meet.
But Thornberry told a meeting at the Chatham House thinktank that the government was only likely to agree a vague divorce by October.
“If past evidence of the last few months is anything to go on, it’s going to be a blah, blah, blah, divorce,” she said.
“It’s not going to make any decisions. It’s going to continue to kick things down the road. We don’t seem to have come to any difficult decisions at the moment.”