Brexit motion: Labour tried to split the Tories but their plan backfired spectacularly, says MP James Cleverly

'Labour were trying to stimulate a row amongst Conservatives, and that backfired spectacularly', says MP James Cleverly

461 MPs voted in favour of backing Theresa May's timetable for Brexit

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Labour party were trying to split the Conservative party on Brexit but their plan "backfired spectacularly," according to MP James Cleverly.

Yesterday 461 MPs voted in favour of backing Theresa May's timetable for Brexit, triggering Article 50 by the end of March next year.

The vote was triggered by a Conservative amendment to a Labour motion which called on Theresa May to publish details of her EU negotiation strategy.

Conservative MP James Cleverly told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the Labour Party were clearly trying to turn this into an issue "to stimulate a row amongst Conservatives, and that backfired spectacularly."

Cleverly also said that Labour have become a party which is "London versus everywhere else," alluding to the fact that many senior figures within the party such as Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry live in the capital.

Cleverly thinks Labour "are now just starting to realise the mountain they’ve got to climb," to get their voters back. Turning to Brexit, he said he is "comfortable that we are going to see that Article 50 is going to be triggered by March next year."

Listen to the full interview to find out more