How did our MPs vote on delaying Brexit?
PUBLISHED: 11:58 15 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:15 15 March 2019
MPs voted to seek a delay on leaving in the House of Commons last night, but how did our MPs vote?
MPs voted 413 to 202 for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay on Brexit, a majority of 211.
It means that the UK may not leave the European Union on March 29.
Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami voted for Article 50 to be extended, saying: “Last night, the House of Commons voted to seek an extension to Article 50. This is the right move and will give Parliament the necessary time to have an orderly Brexit.
“However delaying Brexit does not change the facts on the table. Parliament has been clear that it does not want a ‘no deal’ Brexit and it also does not want another divisive referendum on leaving the European Union.
“MPs of all parties need to come together to find a consensus for leaving the European Union. That’s why I continue to believe the Prime Minister’s deal is the best deal available to us and I will continue to her support her in passing it.”
North East Beds MP Alistair Burt also voted for an extension.
“I voted to extend the Article 50 deadline on Thursday because I am not willing to drive my constituents livelihoods over a cliff, when a perfectly good deal is the alternative,” he said.
“It is for my colleagues to recognise that. If they do, then we will leave on March 29th on time.
“The responsibility for delay is solely with my Brexiteer colleagues who did not vote for the deal, and have delayed the process further.
“I will continue to serve all my constituents whose views are very varied on the issue, and all of whom I take very seriously.”
Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland voted against delaying Article 50, saying: “All this week the Labour Party have been voting to steal Brexit.
“On Tuesday they voted against the Prime Minister’s plan to leave Europe with a deal. On Wednesday they voted to take no deal off the table and remove any negotiating leverage on the Prime Minister.
“On Thursday they voted to extend Article 50 and stop Brexit forever, but were defeated. Labour also refused to vote for or against a second referendum, despite supporting one publicly.
“I voted against them and will continue to fight Labour everyday so we can deliver on the democratic decision of the British people to leave the European Union.”
Mid-Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries also voted against a delaying Brexit and has raised concerns about a second referendum being the next step.
“The remain majority in Parliament does not reflect the will or the vote of the people,” she wrote on her website.
“No deal denied, Article 50 extended. When that happens, as I’m now sure it will, the conversation will move to a second referendum.
“This will take years, to pass the legislation and to agree on the question. At this point, I think the chance of Brexit happening at all falls away.”
North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald voted seek an extension. The Comet has contacted him for comment and is awaiting a response.