As MP’s began voting for the final time in favour of Article 50, Clive Lewis announced his resignation. We can’t be too surprised because from the start of Brexit talks he never established his position firmly, being on the shadow cabinet he wasn’t supporting Brexit but he didn’t actively show this. If nothing else, Clive’s resignation amplifies the party split within the Labour Party, they aren’t in unison with each other and evidently Clive Lewis felt this particularly hard which compelled him to resign.
The overwhelming agreement between the MP’s to pass the bill was a huge success for Teresa May who is anxious to start the process of ‘Brexit’ as early as March. The legislation was approved by 494 votes to 122, that is a huge success for the Tory government. It will now be moved onto the House of Lords.
Brexit secretary, David Davis made it clear that there is no going back and encourages MP’s, regardless which side they were on, to support the final decision and try and make this a smooth transition.
“It is now time for everyone, whichever way they voted in the referendum, to unite to make a success of the important task at hand for our country.” He said.
We can only await the changes that are about to happen in uncertaincy as Teresa May still hasn’t made clear how she is planning to execute Brexit, is it going to be ‘hard’ hitting or is it going to be a ‘soft’ divorce from the EU. We are left guessing. The only things that certain is her enthusiasm to go ahead with leaving the EU. She has already met with President Donald Trump, she wasted no time in making sure that the UK’s and USA’s ‘special realtionship’ remains ‘special’. Whether this will benefit the UK or put her in the shodows of the bigger, more powerful nation we can only wait and see.
This is sure not the end of the Brexit talks and things will keep on changing and fluctuating for sure. It is a huge step for the UK to take and if it was as easy as the public are made to believe, it would have happened by now.
Article 50 is due to be debated in the House of Lords on 20th February.
The liberal democrat leader, Tim Farron, promised the party’s peers would seek to amend the bill in the House of Lords in Febrary, including another attempt to at referendum on the final Brexit deal. This proves that talks will continue for a while longer and who knows, we might have a few more resignations and disagreements along the way. Clive Lewis’ resigantion is definitely not the be all and end all, there are plenty more surprises in store for us.