10 Labour Heartlands MPs ‘Ready To Back No-Deal Rather Than No Brexit At All’

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Sarah Champion, Emma Lewell-Buckand and Caroline Flint

Ex-Corbyn frontbencher Emma Lewell-Buck fears blocking a Labour government and putting Nigel Farage in Number 10.

It is important that MPs are honest with their constituents.

Emma said: As a Labour MP I believe the best thing for our country would be a Labour Government.

She goes on to say: “This is not about protecting my own seat. Ignoring the referendum result, disregarding democracy and failing to deliver Brexit as the two main parties promised would hand seats to the Brexit Party, life under them or a Tory/Brexit Party coalition would be a far worse scenario than any Brexit one for my constituents and the country as a whole.”

“I have been consistent in that I have worked for a deal, I would still prefer a deal but I would not in a revoke / no deal scenario vote to revoke.”

“I believe it is important that MPs are honest with their constituents, in this article I answered openly and honestly. My views have always been in line with the large majority of my constituents, I know this because I have and continue to engage with them deeply and transparently on this issue. Even the few who disagree with me have acknowledged this is very difficult and understand my position.”

Back No-Deal Rather Than No Brexit At All

 

The South Shields MP stated she would defy the Party whip and back crashing out over revoking Article 50 if there was no other choice.

The former shadow minister for children and families said she feared a failure to deliver Brexit could block a Labour government and hand Nigel Farage the keys to Number 10.

Lewell-Buck also blasted Remainers in her party who have pushed for a second referendum, saying they “need to start listening” and “get realistic”.

I stood on a manifesto that said I would deliver the outcome of the referendum

 

“I stood on a manifesto that said I would deliver the outcome of the referendum,” she said. “I would obviously prefer to leave with a deal, but if it comes down to no Brexit or no-deal then I would go with no-deal because the consequences mean that Labour will not be in government in the future and we will lose seats. For me that is a far worse scenario than any Brexit outcome would be.”

“The consequences of not delivering Brexit could be that we end up with Nigel Farage in Number 10, and that would be far, far worse for my constituents.

“At a guess, and I don’t speak for everyone, I would say eight to ten Labour MPs feel exactly the same way as I do.”

More Labour Heartland express their concerns for democracy.

Fellow Labour MPs Sarah Champion and Caroline Flint have also said publicly that they would throw their weight behind no-deal if the only other option was remain.

Labour MP Sarah Champion:

the country wants us to leave, and for our democracy, I think we have to leave. So therefore, if it came to it, I would take no deal if that meant we could leave.

 

Champion went further on Tuesday and has refused to say whether she would back a no-confidence motion to bring down the government.

It comes as Boris Johnson has said he would be prepared to shut down parliament to wrest the country out of the EU on October 31 if Brussels refuse to renegotiate.

Labour’s current position is for a referendum on any deal but to negotiate a Labour Brexit deal should they win power before Britain has left the EU.

Hitting out at Labour MPs pressing for a second referendum, Lewell-Buck said:

I just think that if you keep trying to frustrate Brexit then we will never have a Labour government in the future. We have to keep our eyes on the prize.

 

“MPs need to start listening a bit more. I have spent the three years since the referendum engaging really deeply on a one-to-one level with people, businesses and members, and the overwhelming majority want us to leave.

“As a public servant, what makes you think you people will elect you and that you have the right to serve if you are not going to listen to people.” End quote.

The divide between the Londoncentric remain MPs and the Labour Heartlands is becoming more transparent in recent days.

With shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson all pressing Corbyn to pivot to a fully pro-remain stance, Lewell-Buck comments expose deep divisions among MPs on Brexit.

MPs need to get realistic about this,” she said.

Eighty percent of MPs were elected on a manifesto that said we would deliver Brexit.

 

Here at Labour Heartlands we have witnessed MPs like Keir Starmer who made a very clear statement on accepting the result of the referendum now openly ignoring his own statement and promise to the people.

Starmer along with shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson are all pressing Corbyn to pivot to a fully pro-remain stance, Lewell-Buck comments expose deep divisions among MPs on Brexit.

Starmer as chosen to ignore his previous statements and is now actively campaigning for not only a so-called people’s vote but to remain in the EU irrespective of Party policy or a referendum on any deal.

This can only be described as a betrayal of his previous promise and his manifesto pledge. He stated in his parliamentary impassioned speech on behalf of the Labour Party:

THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A DIFFICULT DECISION. I WISH THE RESULT HAD GONE THE OTHER WAY—I CAMPAIGNED PASSIONATELY FOR THAT—BUT AS DEMOCRATS WE IN THE LABOUR PARTY HAVE TO ACCEPT THE RESULT.

 

With shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson all pressing Corbyn to pivot to a fully pro-remain stance, Lewell-Buck comments expose deep divisions among MPs on Brexit.

Emma Lewell-Buck along with other labour MPs within the leave voting Heartlands have the pulse of their constituents. These MPs know that the Labour supporting constituents will not tolerate a betrayal of their vote to leave the EU more than ever they are feeling the disconnection from the London-centric Party that no longer reflects their the needs, thoughts or feelings of these distant Labour Heartlands.

Lessons from the Scottish referendum have not been learnt and to ignore the vote of millions is to betray the very democracy this country and the Labour Party was founded upon.

MPs need to get realistic about this,. Eighty percent of MPs were elected on a manifesto that said we would deliver Brexit.

:Emma Lewell-Buck

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