Jeremy Corbyn’s EU nightmare gathered pace tonight as two more members of his top team quit to vote against Brexit.
Dawn Butler and Rachael Maskell resigned rather than fall into line with the leadership’s stance of supporting legislation that will trigger Article 50.
More could follow them out of the door when the key votes take place later.
Mr Corbyn tried to put a brave face on the chaos tonight, thanking the pair for their work and saying they were still ‘assets to the party’.
The resignations came hours after Labour MP Neil Coyle was ordered to apologise for branding Tory MPs ‘b*******’ in the historic Brexit debate in the Commons.
The resignations came hours before an historic Commons vote on new laws that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to invoke Article 50 of the EU treaties and officially begin talks on Brexit.
Mrs May earlier confirmed she would publish a white paper on her plans tomorrow, after the landmark vote – which is expected to carry by a landslide when it is called after 7pm.
- Two senior Labour MPs tonight quit Jeremy Corbyn’s top team to oppose Brexit
- It brings to four the number of resignations in protest at Labour’s position
- Labour’s Neil Coyle earlier branded Tory MPs ‘bastards’ during the Brexit debate
- Prime Minister earlier said long-awaited White Paper would be out tomorrow
- MPs will vote on Article 50 from 7pm tonight with a majority in favour expected