Vote Leave chair Gisela Stuart calls out Labour Brexit rebels, saying they 'lack insight'

Brexit Bill Labour rebels: 'Those who campaigned to Remain still have no insight to why they lost the referendum', says Gisela Stuart MP

Gisela Stuart has called out Labour rebels in an interview with Paul Ross.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Labour MP who chaired Vote Leave in last summer's EU referendum has called out her colleagues who rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn's three-line whip, saying they still lack "insight as to why they lost the referendum."

Last night the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which will grant Theresa May the power to trigger Article 50 if enacted, passed its first vote by an overwhelming majority - 498 votes to 114 - after two days of debate. 

A total of 47 Labour MPs opposed the bill, alongside the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats. 

Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, told Paul Ross: "What disappoints me is those who campaigned to remain still have no insight as to why they lost the referendum.

"There is still a bit of a smearing element amongst some people, who suggest we didn’t know what we were voting for, and we did. 

"I’ve got great faith in the government. It's not in the [EU's] interests to harm the UK, and not in ours to harm the European Union.

“Last night, I thought this is a generation’s opportunity to rewrite the rules [about] how states relate to each other. We can do big movement peacefully, rationally, and remaining friends with our neighbours."