Corbyn vows post-Brexit Britain won’t benefit the corporate tax dodgers
LABOUR committed yesterday to ensure that people’s rights were protected in a post-Brexit Britain following the Supreme Court’s ruling that the government needs the vote of Parliament before triggering Article 50.
Leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Labour MPs would not frustrate kick-starting the two-year process to leave the EU, amid concerns expressed by members that doing so could lose Labour its safe seats and also a general election.
He added that the party wants to amend a final Bill so that PM Theresa May can be stopped from converting Britain into even more of a “bargain basement tax haven off the shores of Europe” in lowering corporation tax.
Brexit secretary David Davis told the Commons hours after the court ruling that a “straightforward” and as “simple as possible” Brexit Bill will be tabled in the coming days with many opportunities for amendments.
Labour Leave campaign’s Kate Hoey warned the opposition risked losing seats in next month’s parliamentary by-elections in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central if it seeks to block Brexit.
She said: “It is time for Labour to support the government by voting for Article 50 and working together to ensure the United Kingdom enjoys the global opportunities Brexit provides.”
Labour Leave chairman John Mills said it was vital for Labour to support the referendum result if it wanted to win a general election.
He added: “If we continue to flap about on this issue instead of getting on with making a success of Brexit, the voters will not forgive us.”
Shadow secretary of state for international trade Barry Gardiner said Labour would examine the forthcoming Bill to make sure people’s rights are ensured in a post-Brexit Britain.
He added: “What now Parliament has the duty and the responsibility to do is to ensure that all of us are better off at the end of this process.”
Before the Commons announcement by Mr Davis on the Brexit Bill, the SNP had vowed to table 50 “serious and substantive” amendments to it.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said his party would oppose the use of Article 50 unless there was a second referendum on the final deal.
SNP foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond said his party’s amendments would ensure that the devolved administrations are treated as “equal partners.”
A Welsh government spokesman said that it wanted to preserve access to the EU single market to protect jobs, investment and rights of workers in Wales.
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas confirmed she would vote against triggering Article 50 to kick-start the two-year process by March 31, which she described as an “artificial” timeframe that was set out by Ms May.
The Supreme Court ruling now means that the Tory government will be “exposed to the antiseptic of parliamentary scrutiny” — according to civil liberties group Liberty director Martha Spurrier.
She added: “This is not a political decision — it is our democracy in action.”
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