Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has sacked Owen Smith from his position as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland due to Smith’s article in the Guardian on Brexit. Smith had called in the article for the public to be given a vote on the final deal reached in the Brexit negotiations.
Smith said on Twitter:
“Just been sacked by @jeremycorbyn for my long held views on the damage #Brexit will do to the Good Friday Agreement & the economy of the entire U.K. Those views are shared by Labour members & supporters and I will continue to speak up for them, and in the interest of our country”.
Tony Lloyd has replaced Smith as the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, moving from his current position as the Shadow Housing Minister.