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Stortford's MP 'open to fresh ideas on leaving EU' as more Brexit votes loom

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MP Mark Prisk (8079925)
MP Mark Prisk (8079925)

Bishop’s Stortford’s MP Mark Prisk says he is “open to fresh ideas” as Parliament prepares for a fresh round of Brexit votes.

On Wednesday (March 27) the House of Commons will seek a solution to the impasse after a cross-party group of politicians, led by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin, successfully tabled an amendment to consider a number of alternatives to the deal favoured by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has already been defeated twice. They potentially include a softer Brexit or revoking Article 50.

The vote on Monday evening, carried by 329 votes to 302, saw 29 Tory MPs rebel and three ministers resign, but Mr Prisk remained loyal to the Government.

The Conservative former business and housing minister under David Cameron said: “I voted as I did because I have seen indicative votes of this kind before – on Lords reform – and they usually end up as inconclusive when what’s needed is a clear and decisive outcome if we are to change course.

“So I am very open to fresh ideas which can enable us to leave in an orderly fashion, which are workable and which have a chance of being supported by both the Commons and the EU. Not easy. We shall see what options come forward and it will then depend on the order of votes, which is in the hands of the Speaker.”

After the amendment for indicative votes was passed, the Government issued a statement saying it “upends the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent for the future”.

A third vote on Mrs May’s deal to exit the EU could return to Parliament later this week.

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