Cor­byn or­ders Labour MPs to back Brexit bill

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JEREMY Cor­byn has or­dered his MPs to back the Brexit bill in its fi­nal House of Com­mons stage, a Labour source has said.

The move paves the way for Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 by her end of March dead­line, for­mally be­gin­ning the process of leav­ing the Euro­pean Union.

Mr Cor­byn’s de­ci­sion to im­pose a three-line whip on Wed­nes­day’s vote also risks the res­ig­na­tion of high­pro­file shadow cabi­net min­is­ters like Clive Lewis.

The de­ci­sion to back the Brexit bill was agreed by the shadow cabi­net on Tues­day.

There was a heated de­bate over the is­sue at a meet­ing of the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party on Mon­day af­ter 47 MPs de­fied Mr Cor­byn and voted against the bill at the first stage of its pas­sage through the Com­mons last week.

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