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:
- A customs union, proposed by Tory Ken Clarke
- So-called ‘Common Market 2.0’, as tabled by former Tory (now independent) Nick Boles
- A call for a ‘confirmatory’ referendum from Labour’s Peter Kyle
- 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:
- Voted down by 273 to 276
- Voted down by 261 to 282
- Voted down by 280 to 292
- 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.