Can anyone explain to me what the intent of this amendment was?
Why did the MP who has been vocal about wanting strict border controls even if it means not having the Single Market (something the EU is absolutely clear you can’t separate - so this is a statement opposing SM membership) bring this, something that only had support of 1/6th of the house? The MP who talks about migrant “parallel lives”, a position far to the Right of the current Labour party (and more reminiscent of the racist Labour mug of old).
Why attempt to split the opposition rather than fight against the Tories? What was the point? What could anyone possibly see actually being the concrete result of this political move? No one seems to be able to answer this.
Of course you can’t be a minister if you don’t follow the whip. That’s the point of them, to provide voting direction. “Oh but Corbyn famously voted against the party” - yes, and sat on the back benches because of it.
Edit (vent): There have been two moments to stop Brexit - during the Ref vote and then at the recent General Election. So many of the people who make it sound like they’re single issue voters on Remain have in fact only cared about the first of those. If someone has been actively attacking Labour for the last year (especially from a position of power) then they’ve been working to support the continuation of this Tory government. Someone who absolutely refuses to do anything concrete to actually take down the Government who called the ref and are botching every step is not someone who actually cares about much of anything. The commentariat, by and large, have no principles.
I’ve just about worn through my tolerance for “centrist” single-issue talk on this from the press who spent two years attempting to prevent Labour gains by any means. Those “good migrant” narratives that the EU is perfect and that how could we possibly be treated like we’ve been treating every single non-EU migrant in forever (or want a more meaningful reform that demands migrant rights are human rights). Super not a good look: “I deserve my privileged status and how dare politics mean I might lose that. It was all perfect before, when only other people had to deal with this.” We need to talk about Fortress Europe in the same way that everything wasn’t fine a couple of years ago and austerity and privatisation has been a long term destruction of the state that needs to be undone. The politics of “Make [us] Great Again” are not good - if things were good for you then that’s your privilege showing. We need serous political movement because things have been and continue to be quite bad for most people on the planet and they’re going to get worse.