After the Prime Minister revealed the news he had negotiated a Brexit agreement which was “a great new deal’, MPs inflicted a humiliating defeat by passing an amendment withholding their support for his new deal.
Instead of backing Boris Johnson’s deal, MPs passed an amendment led by Oliver Letwin which forces the PM to request a Brexit delay to EU leaders.
Shortly after the amendment was passed, the PM insisted that he would not negotiate a delay with the EU, but later this morning (October 20) Boris sent two letters to EU leaders going against his claims made in the House of Commons.
The BBC have confirmed that “Boris Johnson sent a letter to the EU asking for a Brexit delay – but has not signed it. He also sent a second letter, which he has signed, saying a delay would be a mistake.”
Here’s how your MP voted on the Letwin amendment.
- Sir Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead: No.
- Richard Harrington, MP for Watford: No.
- Anne Main, MP for St Albans: No.
- Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner: No.
- Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere: No.
- Bob Blackman, MP for Stanmore: No.
- Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chalfont St Peter: No.
- David Gauke, MP for South West Hertfordshire: Yes.
David Gauke MP was one of 21 Tory MPs who were expelled from the Party after rebelling to prevent a no deal Brexit.
On Twitter, Mr Gauke MP said: “I have always believed that the best outcome to Brexit was to leave with a deal. I voted 3 times to leave with a deal.
“For me, the worst outcome was to leave with no deal. I’ve been prepared to resign from the Cabinet and lose the party whip in order to oppose no deal.
“Any deal involves compromises. The PM deserves credit for being willing to compromise and get a deal.
“With the best will in the world and everyone acting in good faith, it will be very difficult to scrutinise and pass any legislation between now and 31 October.
“As an insurance policy, the Benn Act needs to stay in place. That’s why I’ll support the Letwin amendment.
“I have some concerns about the deal. Is there a risk that at the end of 2020 we find ourselves on WTO terms with the EU? That’s a very bad outcome.”
More reactions to follow.