Two Sussex MPs switch to back Theresa May’s second Brexit deal

Two Sussex MPs switch to back Theresa May’s second Brexit deal

Two Sussex MPs switch to back Theresa May’s second Brexit deal

MPs who voted for: Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West), Ms Caulfield, Nus Ghani (Wealden), Nick Gibb (Bognor and Littlehampton), Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs), Gillian Keegan (Chichester), Stephen Lloyd (Eastbourne), Mr Loughton, Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle), Jeremy Quin (Horsham), Amber Rudd (Hastings and Rye), Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex).

MPs have supported an amendment to reject a no-deal Brexit at any time and under any circumstances by 312 votes to 308.

Reports suggested the PM would vote against a no-deal tonight but she said the ballot would be "free", with no obligation for cabinet members to toe the party line.

'But extending Article 50 without a clear objective is not a solution.

"It is completely irresponsible for the Conservatives to continue to put their party ahead of the national interest".

"We owe it to the country to provide them with a government that can govern", he said.

"Not now, because the government needs to be led", he continued.

He said: "I made a promise in the election to call a referendum and I called the referendum".

He was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal suffered another crushing defeat in Westminster last night.

"That's the first time that she's mentioned that as a proactive possibility, so I'm very encouraged by that, but of course we need to see how she actually responds in the legislation that will be brought forward in the next couple of days".

Heidi Allen MP
Heidi Allen MP

Labour MP Jess Phillips said she would support a 21-month extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process.

But Mrs May warned: 'Voting against leaving without a deal and for extension does not solve the problems we face. She added, to some cheers from her backbenchers: "I may not have my own voice, but I do understand the voice of the country".

"If I felt it wasn't going to cause significant damage to the divisions in the country, I still think a second referendum, and an opportunity to stay, has to be the best thing long-term for the country".

"The prime minister has been stubbornly declaring that the only choice is between her deal and no deal", Corbyn said.

"She's certainly terrified of the people in the country". Mr Francois challenged the Labour frontbencher to a £50 bet on the date Theresa May will be back to Parliament, once again, with a revised deal.

But she lost again after the new legal assurances secured from Brussels failed to convince either Tory backbench rebels or her allies in Northern Ireland's DUP. It makes us a rule taker, not a rule maker.

A Commons vote will be held on a no deal later today (Wednesday March 13). But what a mess.

Former Labour cabinet minister Yvette Cooper said Mrs May "had given.her word" to MPs that this week's votes would happen.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a general election to be held so the public can decide if they want him to implement his own Brexit plan, which would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU.

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Stories of courage and overcoming adversity are being shared. "I keep saying if we do not participate we would not be recognised". One involved the sentencing of five men who were accused of gang-raping a teenager in 2016 for sexual abuse rather than rape.

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