Call for MP Jo Churchill to support 'people's vote' following government's crushing Brexit vote defeat
MPs have been urged to support a 'people's vote', following the government's crushing defeat in a crunch Brexit vote last night.
Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement received 202 votes, losing by 230 to the 432 cast against.
The margin has made history as the biggest ever government defeat on the floor of the House of Commons.
Matt Hancock, West Suffolk MP, spoke to Channel Four after the vote. He said: "What we need to do now is for the Prime Minister to speak to all those senior parliamentarians and try to find a way through that commands the support of the House of Commons and can deliver a deal to deliver on the referendum result.
"No deal is not good news for the European Union and I don't want to see it happen."
Today, Christina Birt, leader of campaign group Bury St Edmunds Open Britain, said: "There is only one way forward – to hand the final decision back to the British public through a people’s vote.
"We urge our MP Jo Churchill to publicly support the people’s vote campaign. According to national and local polls there is a growing majority of the public who want a people’s vote and believe it is the public who should have the final say."
According to an Open Britain people’s vote survey in November, involving more than 230 residents in the Bury constituency, 63 per cent wanted a people’s vote, with 26 per cent of residents against. A December poll at West Suffolk College showed 75 per cent of students wanted a people’s vote.
On Saturday, Open Britain members in Bury joined a national day of action, asking members of the public their views. A 'Brexitometer' poll on the day showed an overwhelming majority wanted a people’s vote.
Alex Mayer, Suffolk Euro Labour MP, said: "This is a defeat of epic proportions. The deal is dead. The clock has run down. Now we face a stark choice – no deal or no Brexit. It is time for the government to urgently revoke Article 50 and call a people’s vote.”
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