Labour MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson are set to put forward an amendment to allow Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal to go through the Commons. But also to give the public the chance to vote too, so remaining in the European Union will still be an option. However fellow Labour MP Ian Murray is concerned some Labour frontbenchers could try to “row back” on Mrs May’s Brexit deal being subject to a public vote. He called for the leader of the party Mr Corbyn to take action against those who are against the amendment at a fringe event at the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee.
The Edinburgh South MP said: “Now it is time to step up. We are 480 hours away (from Brexit) and if the Labour Party, the opposition, doesn’t step up next week the Kyle/Wilson amendment will either not come forward or it won’t win and we will end up in a situation with no-deal, no no-deal, and no extension.”
Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union in less than three weeks.
But Brexit negotiations are still ongoing even though MPs will vote on Mrs May’s revised Brexit deal on Tuesday.
If the deal is rejected on Tuesday, MPs will be able to vote on Wednesday and Thursday on whether they want to leave the bloc without a deal or ask for a delay to Brexit after March 29.
Mr Murray fears MPs may reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal, but also not back the amendments that would rule out a no-deal Brexit and extend the Article 50 timetable.
He said: ”The Prime Minister could be sitting on Friday with her deal down, no extension of article 50, and parliament not wanting a no-deal – and where on earth does that leave us?
“My big criticism is yes, the Labour Party has now got into the right position but now it is time to step up.
“The problem with the Kyle/Wilson amendment is this: It will only pass if the Labour front bench enthusiastically support it, whip it. And then we win it.
“People are saying it looks as though the Labour frontbench are going to back it, are they going to whip it? Are they going to sack shadow ministers and shadow cabinet members, or threaten to sack them, if they don’t vote for it?”
He insisted Mr Corbyn needs to “enthusiastically back” this idea, to make sure other MPs know how serious the matter is.
He said: “Of course there is going to be some people unhappy and some rebels in that, but unless you say to people: ‘This the 11th hour, the division bell is going to ring, you will go down that lobby or you will hand in your resignation’, we will not get the numbers.
“It’s as simple and straightforward as that.”
Mrs May is still struggling with her Brexit negotiations with EU chiefs, due to the disagreement over how to manage the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.
On Friday, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier put forward a proposal to keep the border open and keep the province subject to EU rules, but this was rejected by the UK.
Eurosceptics believe the backstop is an attempt to trap the country in the EU’s customs union indefinitely.
Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also opposes any change that would treat Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the United Kingdom.
Mrs May relies on DUP votes to get her legislation passed after she lost her parliamentary majority in 2017.