Commenting on the Government’s defeat tonight, former defence minister and leading Conservative supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, Guto Bebb MP, said:
“Tonight, the House of Commons has again decisively voted against a deal that failed to honour the promises made for Brexit both during and since the last referendum.
“MPs have rejected proposals that would have damaged the living standards of our constituents, repelled investment in our communities and restricted opportunities for young people.
“Parliament has ignored warnings from the Prime Minister that losing her deal would plunge politics into crisis and has, instead, recognised that leaving the EU on these terms would have merely guaranteed that this crisis went on and on.
“In the days and weeks ahead, MPs will have to make more decisions on this crucial issue. They should make sure that any extension of the Article 50 deadline is used to deliver the clarity about Brexit that has been missing from the last two-and-a-half years of debate. We will have to decide whether we want still to be bound to EU rules over which we will no longer have any influence to avoid deeper economic damage, or whether to pay a huge price to go it alone.
“When these real costs and new facts are properly debated, MPs will also have the chance to consider whether it’s only fair to give the public a real say and a new vote - or it they want to force Brexit on the British people anyway.
“I do not doubt how difficult this decision will be for many of my colleagues on both sides of the House. But the case for putting it to the people is getting clearer by the day.”