Published: Sat, October 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

MP Louise Ellman quits Labour Party

MP Louise Ellman quits Labour Party

Mr Johnson said: "We've got a great new deal that takes back control - now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment".

LONDON - Boris Johnson's hopes of taking Britain out of the European Union on October 31 could be scuppered by the opposition Labour party, which is set to try and force a second referendum on the Brexit deal Johnson has agreed with the European Union on Thursday.

But he appeared increasingly isolated this week, with several frontbenchers, including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, making it clear they would back a second referendum on Johnson's deal. Every vote could count.This is likely not enough for the Brexit deal to gain enough traction in Parliament.

The FT estimates 321 MPs could vote against the deal, with 318 supporting it.

The news came just hours after hopes of securing any deal before Saturday were dealt a serious blow when the DUP said they could not support the proposals "as things stand". It will be the first Saturday sitting since Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982.

The opposition Labour party signal they will back a second referendum on Boris Johnson's deal.

Jeremy Corbyn was quick to dismiss the PM's agreement, criticising it for creating a customs border in the Irish sea, and saying: 'As it stands we can not support this deal'.

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Corbyn warned the deal would trigger a "race to the bottom", while suggesting that it betrayed not only the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up Johnson's government, but also voters who were given assurances that their jobs would be protected post-Brexit.

Government official Mark Spencer, Conservative chief whip, told the cabinet on Wednesday that he thought 15 independent Tories would rally behind the deal.

However, the promise is part of the political agreement that sits alongside the withdrawal agreement - not the withdrawal agreement itself.

"This sell-out deal won't bring the country together and should be rejected".

Three whipless MPs - former Labour members Ian Austin and Frank Field, plus ex-Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd - are expected to vote for the deal.

A Labour spokesperson responded by saying that "Jeremy Corbyn thanks Louise Ellman for her service to the Labour party over many years, adding that "Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party are fully committed to the support, defense and celebration of the Jewish community and continue to take robust action to root out anti-Semitism in the party and wider society", reported The Guardian". They are not all certain to back the agreement.

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