Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) has defied party leader Jeremy Corbyn – and a substantial proportion of his own constituents – and voted against the Brexit Bill which triggers Article 50 to commence the process of leaving the European Union
Doughty was one of only 7 Welsh Labour MPs who voted against the Bill which was overwhelmingly backed by the majority of Conservative and Labour MPs in the House of Commons last night .
There were 498 votes in favour to 114 against and the move will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way.The bill now faces further scrutiny in the Commons and the House of Lords before it can become law.
Other Welsh Labour MPs voting against the measure were Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan , Bridgend MP Madeline Moon and Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley), and failed putative party leader Owen Smith (Pontypridd).
Doughty trumpeted his stand against what he called “a reckless hard Brexit” on Twitter last night – but then ran into a fusilade of tweets from Labour Party members – some supporting him, but many criticising his position.