Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd has stop the social gathering’s group in Parliament so he can vote for Theresa Might’s Brexit deal.
The MP for Eastbourne says he stays a member of the social gathering, however needs to maintain his promise to voters to respect the results of the referendum.
“I’ve determined that the one honourable factor for me to do is resign the social gathering whip in Parliament,” he mentioned.
His departure reduces the variety of Lib Dems MPs to 11. The social gathering opposes Brexit and backs an extra referendum.
The social gathering’s place is that they’ll vote towards the Brexit deal Theresa Might has negotiated with the EU, when MPs vote on it subsequent Tuesday.
In a press release Mr Lloyd mentioned: “I’ve come to the conclusion that I can not truthfully uphold the dedication I made… to just accept the results of the referendum, vote for the deal the prime minister introduced again from the EU and never again requires a second referendum – while supporting the Lib Dem parliamentary social gathering’s formal place of voting towards Theresa Might’s deal and advocating a ‘Individuals’s Vote’.
“Though I’ve resigned the Whip, I proceed to be a member of the Liberal Democrats, don’t have anything however respect and affection for the Celebration Chief, Sir Vince Cable MP, my Parliamentary colleagues and the Lib Dems.
“I can’t stop combating onerous for liberal values, each regionally and nationally. Regionally, I’ll proceed to work hand in hand with our glorious Liberal Democrat council, guaranteeing the most effective for our city and campaigning for us to retain management on the native elections subsequent Might.”
A Liberal Democrat assertion mentioned: “We respect what we all know was a troublesome resolution for Stephen forward of subsequent week’s vote and are sorry to see him go. Liberal Democrats are clear that we are going to be voting towards Theresa Might’s deal.
“The Liberal Democrats have campaigned for an exit from Brexit and a individuals’s vote the place individuals can select to stay within the European Union… we are going to proceed to battle for this in Parliament.”