Five Labour MPs quit party roles to defy orders against holding a fresh Brexit referendum.
Labour ordered its MPs to abstain on a cross-party bid to delay Brexit to allow a referendum on backing whatever deal is agreed or remaining in the EU.
But 41 of its MPs rebelled, with 24 supporting a referendum and 17 voting to oppose one.
Stephanie Peacock quit as a whip, saying she had been elected to honour the 2016 referendum result.
In her letter to Jeremy Corbyn she wrote: “The people of Barnsley elected me to honour that promise and that is what I did tonight.
“I felt in all good conscience I had to vote tonight to clearly rule out any form of second referendum. I believe the people spoke in 2016 and we need to enact their decision.”
- Her Labour colleague Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, quit as parliamentary private secretary to Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson – saying it was a “difficult decision but I have a duty to support the will of my constituents”.
She wrote: “We need to leave and leave with a deal that works for the Potteries.”
Shadow housing minister Yvonne Fovargue, shadow education minister Emma Lewell-Buck, and shadow business minister Justin Madders, also quit their roles to oppose a referendum.
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