MPS URGED TO BACK DEAL

Sunday Sun - - News - By JONATHAN WALKER [email protected]­plc.com

Po­lit­i­cal edi­tor JUST one North East MP has said they will vote for Theresa May’s pro­posed Brexit deal.

Guy Op­per­man, the MP for Hex­ham in Northum­ber­land, says he plans to back the Prime Min­is­ter when the House of Com­mons holds its his­toric vote on De­cem­ber 11.

But no other MPs in the re­gion have come out in sup­port of Mrs May.

West­min­ster in­sid­ers pre­dict the Prime Min­is­ter is head­ing for a dev­as­tat­ing de­feat when MPs vote on her Brexit With­drawal Agree­ment.

The panel on the op­po­site page shows the full list of how North East MPs in­tend to vote.

But it’s un­clear what will hap­pen af­ter that, and Mrs May said last week that re­fus­ing to ap­prove her plans would lead to “chaos and un­cer­tainty.”

Even two Con­ser­va­tive MPs in the re­gion – Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Ber­wick, and Si­mon Clarke, MP for M i d d l e s b r o u g h South and Cleve­land East – are op­pos­ing the With­drawal Agree­ment.

And the re­gion’s Labour MPs are more or less united in op­po­si­tion – al­though a few, such as Houghton and S u n d e r l a n d South MP Brid­get Phillip­son, say they might be per- Guy Op­per­man suaded to back Mrs May if she agrees to hold a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on Brexit, or a so-called Peo­ple’s Vote. Mrs May has in­sisted she has no in­ten­tion of do­ing this. Mr Op­per­man claimed col­leagues who fail to back the Prime Min­is­ter are putting the econ­omy at risk. He said: “The deal is a prag­matic res­o­lu­tion that de­liv­ers on the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum and stops un­lim­ited im­mi­gra­tion. But it also pre­serves our econ­omy and sup­ports jobs. “The al­ter­na­tives are not at­trac­tive. “The MPs who call for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum are propos­ing a 3-4 ques­tion mul­ti­ple choice sec­ond bal­lot. It is ut­terly un­work­able. And will be very dis­rup­tive to our democ­racy. “There are also clear risks of an eco­nomic down­turn with ex­it­ing

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

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