MPs have rejected the opportunity to legislate for another referendum in the first of a series of key Brexit votes today. One of the amendments to Thursday's motion, tabled by the Labour backbencher Hilary Benn, seeks to allow MPs to seize control of the process to allow this to happen.
Anna Soubry, who recently defected from the Conservative Party to join the Independent Group and who supports a second referendum, accused Mr McDonnell of "selling out on a [People's Vote]... in defiance of his party policy to put Brexit back to the British people".More news: Watch The Trailer For 'The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann'
Shadow ministers Yvonne Fovargue, Emma Lewell-Buck and Justin Madders defied the Labour whip to vote against a public vote, as did whip Stephanie Peacock.
It comes after the party tabled an amendment to the motion on Article 50 that makes no mention of a new vote.
An amendment to the "indicative votes" plan, tabled by Labour's Lucy Powell, would limit to June 30 any extension of Brexit talks to discuss Parliament's preferred option. But David Lidington did announce at the despatch box earlier today that the government will facilitate indicative voting after the European Union summit if MPs have not agreed a deal before that point.More news: School board welcomes class cellphone ban if it allows some teaching use
Labour's amendment notes that Parliament has "decisively" rejected both Mrs May's deal and no deal and calls for a delay to Brexit "to provide parliamentary time for this House to find a majority for a different approach".
But the decision to press the issue to a vote was opposed as premature by the People's Vote campaign, which said MPs should be focusing on the question of whether to seek a delay to Brexit. His proposal called on the government to stop repeatedly bringing back Theresa May's Brexit deal, arguing that the Prime Minister can not keep putting forward the same motion.
MPs are being asked to vote on a motion tabled by Theresa May which would authorise the Prime Minister to seek an extension of the two-year Article 50 negotiations, delaying Brexit beyond March 29.More news: Italy Begins To Enforce 'No Vaccines, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires
This post will be updated as results come in...