Newark MP Robert Jenrick and Sherwood MP Mark Spencer vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal that was rejected in House of Commons last night
Newark and Sherwood’s MPs voted for the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, which was rejected in the House of Commons yesterday.
Newark MP Mr Robert Jenrick and Sherwood MP Mr Mark Spencer were two of 242 MPs who voted in favour of the Brexit deal. However, 391 MPs voted against the deal.
This was the second time that Mrs May’s deal had been rejected in the Commons.
Concerns had been raised by Brexiteer MPs that the revised deal still did not provide legal assurances over the Irish backstop, which they said would keep Britain in the customs union.
Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 and the Commons remains deadlocked.
Following the Brexit deal defeat in the Commons on Tuesday, Mrs May said the votes she promised on a no-deal Brexit and an extension of Article 50 would go ahead.
The Commons will vote on a no-deal exit from the EU tonight.
Mr Jenrick said: “I voted for the Prime Minister’s deal as I wanted us to leave the EU on March 29 with a deal, to ensure we left and did so in an orderly exit.
“I was pleased the PM secured improvements to the deal. Of course it was far from perfect, but it was clear to any practical person that it was the best and possibly the only way to deliver Brexit and move on with the life of the country.
“Sadly a very large number of MPs voted against the deal.
“Once again this was a curious mix of MPs who want to block Brexit altogether and those who believe in it, but are so dogmatic that they will not get it over the line.
“I fear the latter have made a mistake they will live to regret.
“With a large number of MPs who want to prevent Brexit, some who simply wish to cause maximum chaos and precipitate a general election and a highly partisan Speaker it will now be far more difficult to leave the EU.
“I have tried my utmost to deliver on the referendum result and make Brexit happen in a sensible, pragmatic manner.
“In my ministerial job at the Treasury I have worked hard to prepare for all exit outcomes for businesses and people’s jobs.
“I’m sorry that other MPs were not willing to compromise and put their shoulders to the wheel in the national interest.
“We now enter unknown territory, but I will continue to seek a way forward that delivers Brexit.”