Labour is USING Tory rebels to UNDERMINE BREXIT, warns Bernard Jenkin

Posted on Dec 24 2017 - 4:09am by admin

After 11 Conservative MPs voted against the Government on an amendment guaranteeing parliament a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal, Mr Jenkin warned the rebels risked undermining Brexit altogether.

But he does not believe the Conservative rebels, who joined Labour in voting against the Government, want to overturn the result of the EU referendum.

Mr Jenkin said: “Certainly the Labour Party is using their dissent to undermine the referendum result.

“Anybody who is campaigning to keep us in the Single Market, like Norway, has really got to face the fact that that is not delivering Brexit, because we will not be in control of our own laws.”

After the humiliating defeat for Theresa May, Conservative MPs such as Nadine Dorries called for the rebels to be deselected and banned from standing for parliament again.

However Mr Jenkin told Express.co.uk: “I don’t believe there should be deselections.

“I think that we should always treat each other with respect and there is no justification for personal abuse of a politician under any circumstances. 

“We should stick to the issues.”

Nonetheless, he said, MPs could expect an angry response if they voted against the outcome of a referendum but stressed politicians should not be threatened or subjected to personal abuse.

The MP for Harwich and North Essex said: “Politics is a rough game.

“If you start voting against the outcome of a referendum, voting in a way which helps those who are trying to overturn the referendum result, you can expect people are going to get vociferous.”

Prime Minister Theresa May has also condemned threats of violence against politicians after number of MPs received death threats.

Ms May said there was “no place for violence” in politics and called for “tolerance, decent and respect”.

She said the intimidation was “unacceptable”.

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