Labour's Clive Lewis has resigned from the shadow cabinet in order to defy his party leader Jeremy Corbyn's three-line whip over the Government's Brexit Bill.
The shadow business secretary stepped down as he did not agree with the order to back the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill at its third reading.
He said in a statement: “When I became the MP for Norwich South, I promised my constituents I would be ‘Norwich’s voice in Westminster, not Westminster’s voice in Norwich’. I therefore cannot, in all good conscience, vote for something I believe will ultimately harm the city I have the honour to represent, love and call home.
“It is therefore with a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the shadow cabinet.
“It has been a privilege to work with Jeremy Corbyn and be part of the shadow cabinet. I will continue to support our party and our leader from the back benches to the very best of my ability.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn insisted that he has support from MPs on all other campaign issues and upcoming votes.
A total of 52 Labour MP's rebelled against their party leader's three-line whip for a second time to vote against Government's Brexit Bill.
Labour has called on the Government to set out its plans for immigration in post-Brexit UK.