Amendment roundly defeated, but 24 Labour MPs defied whip to vote in favour rather than abstain

Labour ordered its MPs to abstain on a second referendum amendment but its internal divisions were laid bare by 24 MPs who defied the whip to support it.

The amendment, put down by the Independent Group (TIG), was roundly defeated on Thursday night by 334 votes to 85, with 17 Labour MPs voting against it. It would not have passed even if all those who abstained voted in favour.

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