Keir Starmer faces shadow cabinet split on support for Brexit deal

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Labour frontbench divided as up to 60 backbench MPs threaten to rebel if told to vote with government

The shadow cabinet is split over whether to back a Brexit deal, as backbench Labour MPs warn that up to 60 could rebel if Keir Starmer insists they back the government rather than allowing a free vote.

Two backbench MPs said the potential for a frontbench reshuffle – and new shadow ministerial posts – had been raised when the issue had come up in conversations with Starmer’s office, as a way of containing potential rebels.

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