Labour councillors chose not to support Rupa Huq 's stance on voting against Article 50 in a motion the MP described herself as an "attention-seeking exercise".

Before a full council meeting on Tuesday (December 20), Liberal Democrat Cllr Jon Ball proposed a motion asking the council to back a second referendum on the UK's decision to leave the EU.

The motion, described by Dr Huq as "completely pointless", also called for councillors to back the Labour Ealing Central and Acton MP's proposed stance on voting against Article 50.

But the motion was amended by Labour councillors, who removed both the call for a second referendum and the request to back Dr Huq’s stance on Article 50.

MP Rupa Huq has promised to vote against Article 50

Labour councillors chose to keep the proposal that government assures citizens of other EU states living in Ealing that they "will be allowed to stay in the UK".

It was added the council "resolves to continue to fight for the best deal for Ealing residents should Brexit go ahead in line with the overwhelming majority who voted to stay a part of the union".

A total of 48 councillors, all Labour and Lib Dems present, voted in favour of the amended motion while 12 councillors, all Conservative , voted against.

But after the meeting Dr Huq told getwestlondon : "It was the first time as local MP I’ve been named in a motion before Ealing Council which I have no jurisdiction over due to the separation of powers so it was right that it was amended to remove my name.

"I do feel that it seems fanciful that Theresa May, who took to criticise our local authority in a cheap political pointscoring exercise last week, will be taking any heed of Jon Ball in her negotiations seeing as she is trying to freeze out MPs from her actions over Brexit.

"If the lengthy discussion had been on how we manage the effects in Ealing there might have been some merit to it but to my mind the tabling of the motion was a completely pointless attention-seeking exercise by the hapless and almost politically irrelevant Ealing Lib Dems who have just 4 out of 69 councillors."

Britain voted the leave the EU on June 23

Commenting on the Lib Dem proposal at the meeting, Labour Cllr Shital Manro said: "Some of this motion that has been put forward I think I would agree with and we have crossed out the bits we wouldn’t agree with.

"The majority voted to leave. I think it is important that we do respect the referendum.

"We should all campaign together to actually lead in a way that preserves the most links that we can with the European Union."

Shortly after the opposition leader, Conservative Cllr Greg Stafford, stood and accused the Liberal Democrats of behaving like "petulant children".

He added: "They (Lib Dems) don’t like the result and they will do everything they can to frustrate it.

"It seems totally mad to me that a party that has democrat in its title is so willing to negate the democratic will of the British people."

Conservative Leader Cllr Greg Stafford said it was "strange" the MP and council didn't agree

Earlier this month Dr Huq had voted to support the Labour Party’s motion calling on the government to reveal plans for Brexit negotiations.

But she has since confirmed she will be voting against the enactment of Article 50.

Following the meeting, Cllr Ball said the decision to amend the motion highlighted divisions within the Labour Party while Cllr Stafford added it was "strange" the council and Dr Huq differed on the matter.

Councillor Gary Malcolm

Commenting on Dr Huq's claim the motion was "pointless", Lib Dem Cllr Gary Malcolm said: "The decision to leave the EU is one of the biggest decisions people and MPs will make for possibly generations.

"Therefore only the Lib Dems seem to care enough to protect our services by fighting to stay in the EU - which was won very narrowly.

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