article 50

Originally posted to Facebook in March 2017 and edited (including the comments of others) into a semi-coherent stand-alone piece.

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In March 2017, Theresa May passed the legislation necessary to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and commence Britain’s exit from the European Union.

This has been a long time coming and there have been many efforts to soften what has been sharping up in Theresa May’s hands to be a very hard Brexit – crashing out of the customs union, the Single Market, and and the four freedoms. Lord Hain tabled an amendment in the Lords to require the Government to negotiate to remain in the Single Market, but Jeremy Corbyn whipped his peers to vote against.

The amendment was defeated by 299 votes to 136.

As put it,

“This was not a vote on whether to activate Article 50. Corbyn couldn’t use any of his excuses about not being seen to stand in the way of the vote. This was an amendment to the bill, one which would have insisted that May pursues an exit from the EU which puts the fewest possible jobs and standards at risk. By whipping his peers against it, Corbyn worked with the government to make sure it did not pass.”

Lord Hain, who tabled the amendment, told peers that Corbyn would be judged by history to be on the wrong side of the argument “by forcing us in the Labour party to do something that we do not actually believe in”.”

At that point, I began to fall out of love with Jeremy Corbyn. [click to continue…]

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