Melanie Onn quits front bench ahead of Brexit Votes.
Labour’s shadow housing secretary, Melanie Onn, quit her frontbench role in order to vote against the party in a series of indicative votes on Brexit.
MPs took control of the Commons out of the Government’s hands on Wednesday to vote on various Brexit options, including a softer deal, no deal or another referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn whipped his party to vote in favour of a motion tabled by former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett, which called for any Brexit deal to be confirmed in a public referendum before ratification.
Labour also whipped MPs to back its own alternative Brexit plan as well as a customs union proposals tabled by veteran Tory europhile Ken Clarke.
Labour row over referendum
Grimsby MP Ms Onn has repeatedly said she could not support another public vote on Brexit.
She has argued in the past that another referendum would do nothing to quell the division across the country, caused by the original Brexit vote in 2016.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has seen supporters divided over his EU position.
The leadership’s decision to back the motion reopened a row within the party, which has been split over the issue of another referendum.
Frontbencher Barry Gardiner sparked a furious backlash after warning the party would have difficultly backing a referendum on any Brexit deal as it was “not a Remain party”.
The shadow international trade secretary said that it would imply Labour did not accept the result of the 2016 EU referendum if it supported the motion.