'Labour needs to lay out post-Brexit vision', says Labour Leave general secretary

Brexit: 'Labour needs to lay out post-Brexit vision', says Labour Leave general secretary

The bill to grant the government power to leave the EU is to be rushed through parliament.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Labour Party needs to lay out its post-Brexit vision in order to unite, says the party's pro-Brexit campaign group.

The bill to enable the Government to trigger Article 50 is to be rushed through Parliament in order to fulfil the Brexit timeline mapped out by Theresa May, who intends to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. 

However, this has caused a degree of turmoil within the Labour Party. Several frontbench MPs - Daniel Zeicher, a shadow transport minister, and whips Jeff Smith and Thangam Debbonaire - have indicated they will defy Jeremy Corbyn's three-line whip to vote for the triggering of Article 50. 

Brendan Chilton, the general secretary of Labour Leave, insisted that the party needs to accept the referendum result in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

He said: "The Labour Party’s trying to ride two horses here and it can’t.

"It appears to me that what Labour MPs need to do is vote for the bill. It’s a short bill, we are leaving the EU, and this is the process by which we do it.

"Labour want details of the plan, they want the PM to report on the plan, but she can’t do that until Parliament gives her the power.

"To unite, the Labour Party needs to accept the referendum result and lay out the vision for the UK post-Brexit."