On Monday, Jeremy Corbyn's Twitter account urged his supporters to attend a Momentum rally in Parliament Square.
Join me tonight in Parliament Square and help defend the rights of EU citizens who have made a life here https://t.co/VylEA7idFd— Jeremy Corbyn (@Jeremy Corbyn) 1489418742
A release by Momentum explained:
An emergency demonstration outside Parliament has been called to demand the government don’t use people’s lives as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations.
Corbyn was billed to appear at the rally, alongside Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.
Corbyn was quoted in the release as saying:
Labour opposes the government’s refusal to guarantee the rights of the 3 million EU citizens, who have made Britain their home and contribute to our society and economy.
Their future, and the future of British nationals living in the EU, should not be used as a bargaining chip, which is why Labour is seeking to amend the Article 50 legislation to secure their rights.
MPs voted by 335 votes to 287 to overturn the Lords amendment on EU citizens. Six Labour MPs joined the Conservatives, while two Tory MPs rebelled on the issue.
Deeply disappointing that govt denied the people, through Parliament, Brexit oversight & refused to guarantee the rights of EU nationals— Jeremy Corbyn (@Jeremy Corbyn) 1489437762
Labour were whipped by Corbyn to pass the Brexit bill, regardless of whether they secured the amendments.
Jeremy Corbyn did not attend the rally in Parliament Square, though John McDonnell and Diane Abbott did speak.
I'm assured Corbyn is still due to address Momentum's protest but it will be after the vote— Dan Bloom (@Dan Bloom) 1489429058
Those who have followed the action from the Momentum protest will be disappointed to hear Jeremy Corbyn is no longer going.— Dan Bloom (@Dan Bloom) 1489432370
Source explains JC's no-show at protest: "The vote began later than expected and he has other commitments now".— Dan Bloom (@Dan Bloom) 1489432416
Only around 150 people were reported to have turned up to the event.
Since so many were interested in the crowd size here is a panoramic pic from corner of Parliament Square 10 minutes… https://t.co/NMNVUdbN7o— Dan Bloom (@Dan Bloom) 1489428836
Jeremy Corbyn issued a statement on Tuesday morning saying, in a manner of speaking "the real fight starts now", again:
It is deeply disappointing that the government has denied the British people, through Parliament, greater oversight over the Brexit negotiations and refused to guarantee the rights of EU citizens, who have made their lives in the UK.
We will continue to demand that the stress they, and British citizens living in the EU, are being put under is ended, and they are given the right to remain.
Article 50 is being triggered because of the result of the EU referendum.
But it is only the start of the process. Labour, at every stage, will challenge the government’s plans for a bargain basement Brexit with Labour’s alternative of a Brexit that puts jobs, living standards and rights first.
He could have opposed it by, should the Tories vote down all Labour amendments, telling Labour MPs to oppose the bill. Thus indicating the amendments were a priority that the Government should seek to accommodate or fear of a bumpy ride in the Brexit bill.
Guess the horse has bolted on that, though. Good rally.
Real fight starts now. https://t.co/npyNnDIqFn— Peter Watts (@Peter Watts) 1486589690
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