After the third defeat of Theresa May’s deal on Friday, last night the Commons held another series of indicative votes.

My colleagues and I were asked to consider four of the options again (as selected by Speaker John Bercow). They were:

  1. A customs union, proposed by Tory Ken Clarke
  2. So-called ‘Common Market 2.0’, as tabled by former Tory (now independent) Nick Boles
  3. A call for a ‘confirmatory’ referendum from Labour’s Peter Kyle
  4. SNP MP Joanna Cherry’s motion which seeks to allow Parliament to prevent a no deal exit

Labour was fully committed to supporting any option which would guarantee either a second referendum or a softer Brexit than the PM’s deal (i.e. options 1-3 above). I and many other colleagues also supported Joanna Cherry’s amendment, as it would have paved the way to revoking Article 50.

These were the results:

  1. Voted down by 273 to 276
  2. Voted down by 261 to 282
  3. Voted down by 280 to 292
  4. Voted down by 191 to 292

As you can see, some of the votes were incredibly close and I am frustrated that we still do not have a clear majority for any of these options.

There are rumours that the Prime Minister will now suggest putting her deal back to the House in a run off against the customs union option, but we are awaiting confirmation of what is going to happen next.

Michel Barnier said this morning that a no deal exit on April 12th was now looking “very likely” and becoming increasingly likely by the day. This would be an absolute disaster for the country.

I want to reassure my constituents that I continue to do all I can to stop no deal from happening, but it is increasingly difficult with a Government that remains so unwilling to compromise.

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