MP Bridget Phillipson says question of Brexit deal should be 'put back to the people'

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson has said that voters should be able to have their say on whether the Government's Brexit deal is how they want to proceed.

Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 7:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th January 2019, 4:33 am
Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson.

MPs rejected Theresa May's Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202.

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The 230-vote margin of defeat was by far the worst suffered by any Government in a meaningful division since at least the First World War and in normal circumstances would be enough to force a Prime Minister from office.

Following the defeat, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn put down a motion of no confidence in the Government.

It will be debated and voted on tomorrow and if it is successful, there will be 14 days for a new government to be formed, or a general election will be scheduled.

In a statement Ms Phillipson said: "It is hardly surprising that Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan.

"It is a bad deal that leaves us worse off than we would be if we stay in the EU.

"This vote also makes clear that MPs are fundamentally divided on how we find a way forward as a country.

"As we cannot agree on the Prime Minister’s proposed deal, I believe the question should be put back to the people.

"Voters should be able to have their say on whether the government’s deal – which is the only negotiated form of Brexit on offer – is how they want to proceed, or if we should stick with the deal we have now.”