But it's not clear if MPs face a three-line whip
Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour will vote to trigger Article 50 if the Supreme Court rules parliament must vote on launching Brexit.
However, it wasn’t clear if Labour MPs would face a three-line whip.
It comes ahead of the court’s decision on Tuesday on the government’s appeal of a High Court ruling that only parliament has the power to trigger Article 50.
If the Supreme Court upholds the High Court’s decision, the Prime Minister could call a vote on Article 50 as early as next week.
Corbyn told Sky News:
“It is very clear. The referendum made a decision that Britain was to leave the European Union. It was not to destroy jobs or living standards or communities but it was to leave the European Union and to have a different relationship in the future.
I’ve made it very clear the Labour party accepts and respects the decision of the British people. We will not block article 50.”
When asked if Labour MPs will face a three-line whip, he said:
“It means that Labour MPs will be asked to vote in that direction next week, or whenever the vote comes up.”
His remarks were attacked by Tim Farron, leader of the pro-Remain Liberal Democrats, who accused Labour of providing weak opposition.
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