Rep­re­sen­ta­tives set our their po­si­tions ahead of EU vote

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TWO-AND-A-HALF years after the coun­try went to the polls about Bri­tain’s Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship, our rep­re­sen­ta­tives at West­min­ster will de­cide our fate.

MPS will be head­ing into the House of Com­mons on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11 to vote on a deal which is the re­sult of months of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the UK and the EU.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May be­lieves the deal she has forged will de­liver the Brexit re­quested by the ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic in June 2016.

She is hop­ing to se­cure the back­ing of more than half of the 650 MPS in the House of Com­mons.

Ahead of the vote next Tues­day we asked the Chel­tenham, Cotswold and Tewkes­bury MPS what their thoughts are on the Brexit bill.

All of the MPS were asked which way they will vote in the house on that day and why.

They were also asked that if the deal failed, would they call for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

Alex Chalk

The deal: “Al­though I will lis­ten to the de­bate, I am at present minded to vote for the deal on De­cem­ber 11.”

He said: “The bleak truth there­fore is there is no way for­ward which will, at a stroke, re­solve this is­sue and heal our na­tion.

“But I be­lieve that vot­ing down this deal opens up ‘so­lu­tions’ which would, in re­al­ity, make a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion worse. It is im­pos­si­ble to know with cer­tainty where our coun­try would end up.”

Sec­ond refendrum: It “would di­vide but it would not de­cide”.

Asked whether he would call for Theresa May’s res­ig­na­tion he didn’t give a re­sponse.

Sir Ge­of­frey Clifton-brown The deal: “I am yet to make up my mind on this highly com­plex piece of leg­is­la­tion. I am con­tin­u­ing to study all of the in­for­ma­tion avail­able and con­sid­er­ing my con­stituents’ views in or­der to make a bal­anced de­ci­sion that is in the best in­ter­ests of the Cotswolds and the UK.”

Sec­ond ref­er­en­dum: wouldn’t call for it. No rea­son was pro­vided

Asked whether he would call for Theresa May’s res­ig­na­tion the Cotswolds MP said: “There is no point in dis­cussing any res­ig­na­tion be­fore the vote has taken place. I want to fo­cus on the leg­is­la­tion in or­der to get the best out­come for the UK.” Lau­rence Robert­son

The deal: will vote against it. He said why: “Be­cause it has the prospect of keep­ing the UK in the cus­toms union in­def­i­nitely, with no uni­lat­eral abil­ity to leave it, thus keep­ing us from strik­ing trade deals across the world; and it places North­ern Ire­land in a dif­fer­ent reg­u­la­tory frame­work.”

Asked whether he would call for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum he said: “There is no link be­tween the two.”

He has al­ready sub­mit­ted a let­ter call­ing for a vote of no con­fi­dence in Theresa May .

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