Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill backs Conservative government ahead of Open Britain call for people's vote
Jo Churchill has hit back at claims that Bury St Edmunds residents want a second referendum on a Brexit deal.
The town MP said there is no consensus locally for Westminster to hold the people’s vote championed by Bury’s Open Britain group.
Christina Birt, the group's leader, said three quarters of participants in their recent survey wanted the vote to break Parliamentary deadlock.
Constituency voters elected to leave by 56 per cent in 2016.
"We need our MPs to urgently rescue the situation,” said Ms Birt. “A people's vote is what the majority of constituents want."
In the 2016 referendum, Bury voters elected for Britain to leave the European Union by 56 per cent.
Conservative MP Mrs Churchill, an assistant government whip, said: “I have met previously with constituents who are campaigning for a second referendum. While appreciating their views I have not seen them reflected in correspondence and conversations from the broader constituency. As someone who voted remain but promised to implement the result, I am still of the view that it needs to be respected and delivered effectively.
"As we have seen in the letters to this paper which mirror very much the views in Parliament, there has been no clear consensus. Current parliamentary arithmetic has made agreement more difficult. I hope the votes this week have begun to galvanise politicians from across the house to deliver a deal that works for everyone. Progressing the deal will have its challenges, however I expect Parliament to tackle the job they have been given, now there is a mandate as to how to proceed from Westminster.
"An orderly Brexit based on the Prime Minister’s deal remains the best outcome for our country.”