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Three Surrey MPs vote against government over Brexit no-deal

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Three Surrey MPs vote against government over Brexit no-deal

Published at 7:07am 4th September 2019. (Updated at 4:33pm 4th September 2019)

Three Surrey MPs are among the 21 Tory rebels who have voted against the goverment whip to pave the way for a delay in leaving the EU.

The former Chancellor and Runnymede and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond, Guildford MP Anne Milton and East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah helped win a vote in the Commons last night to take control of the parliamentary agenda today, in an attempt to block a no-deal.

MPs succeeded by 328 to 301 to suspend a Commons rule that says only the government can create new laws.

The group will now try today to pass legislation forcing Boris Johnson to ask the EU to postpone Brexit if no new deal has been struck by October 19 or MPs have not endorsed a no-deal divorce.

The stinging defeat for Boris Johnson means he will attempt to trigger a general election today.

The Surrey MPs, and the other rebels, including Father of the House Ken Clarke, are going to have the whip withdrawn as a result of their actions.

It means they cannot stand as Conservatives in the next general election.

Mr Gyimah told Sky News "it looks like they've also disabled our passes, which is a hostile act".

Tweeting afterwards, Mrs Milton said her decision was made "with great regret, much consideration and a heavy heart".

She also published a letter to her constituents, saying it was not a decision she took lightly, but she believed "the country's interest and those of Guildford" should be her first consideration. 

She said Brexit views were "very mixed" in Guildford, and she knows her actions "may have left some disappointed."

Mrs Milton's letter in full (published last night September 3):

I wanted to write to you following events in the House of Commons tonight.

As many of you know, I have never been in favour of leaving the EU without a deal in place. I voted for the Withdrawal Agreement three times, as I believe this would have allowed for a secure, smooth and orderly transition, minimising disruption and giving as much certainty as possible as we left the EU.

It is with great regret, much consideration and a heavy heart gthat I voted against the Government Whip tonight. Following the Government's decision to prorogue (suspend) Parliament, I believe supporting the motion tonight was one of the last opportunities to try to rule out no deal before October 31. This is not a decision I took lightly, and today I met the Prime Minister and made quite sure I was briefed on all the information that has been recentlly made available. However, I believe the country's interests and those of Guildford should be my first consideration.

In Guildford, views on Brexit are very mixed and I hvae received thousands of pieces of correspondence over the last year. I am extremely grateful for all th emails, letters and phone calls I have received. Many of these messages have been supportive, however I know that my actions may have left some disappointed.

As always, I will keep you in touch as events progress.


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