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MPs vote against second referendum

Submitted by on 14 Mar 2019 – 13:10

Just as the UK Parliament is braced for a third meaningful vote next week, MPs yesterday voted against a second referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, and voted down amendments seeking the possibility of a softer Brexit.

While a ‘longer’ extension initially raised the hopes of second referendum campaigners, 334 MPs voted to reject a second referendum amendment, which was tabled by The Independent Group’s Sarah Wollaston. The amendment was backed by MPs from Labour, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and The Independent Group.

As the Labour party had ordered its MPs to abstain from the vote, believing the timing to be wrong, only 85 MPs voted for a referendum. Five Labour frontbenchers have reportedly resigned as shadow ministers over the party’s abstention order. In anticipation of disobeying the leadership’s instructions, Ruth Smeeth stepped down before the vote, while the four other junior ministers have agreed to resign afterwards.