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UK NewsLib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd Resigns Party Whip To Back Theresa May's Brexit Deal

18:50  06 december  2018
18:50  06 december  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd has resigned the party whip in order to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

The Eastbourne MP - who is one of 12 Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons - said he could not reconcile the party’s anti-Brexit stance with the will of his constituents. Some 57% of them voted Leave in the 2016 EU referendum.

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The MP for Eastbourne, Stephen Lloyd , is intending to vote for the government’ s Brexit deal in Parliament . I also made a promise during the campaign that I would not support calls for a second referendum, and would support the final negotiated deal the Prime Minister brings back to the

Theresa Mary May (/təˈriːzə/; née Brasier; born 1 October 1956) is a British politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2016.

Lloyd told the Eastbourne Herald on Thursday: “I have come to the conclusion that I cannot honestly uphold the commitment I made... to accept the result of the referendum, vote for the deal the prime minister brought back from the EU and not back calls for a second referendum - whilst supporting the Lib Dem parliamentary party’s formal position of voting against Theresa May’s deal and advocating a ‘People’s Vote’.”

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Lib Dem MP : ‘I will back Theresa May ’ s Brexit deal ’. Stephen Lloyd said he would be unable to back his party ’ s official stance on Brexit and would instead back the Withdrawal Agreement in the More than 70 Lib Dem activisits, councillors and parliamentary candidates have called for the whip to

Theresa May today admitted the final Brexit date could be pushed back to the next general election - amid claims the UK could be tied to EU Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd is facing calls to have the party whip withdrawn over his support for Theresa May ' s Brexit deal , PoliticsHome can reveal.

Despite resigning the whip - the internal rules a political party impose on their MPs - Lloyd will remain an MP for the Lib Dems.

He said he had “nothing but respect and affection” for the party’s leader Vince Cable and his Commons colleagues.

“I will not cease fighting hard for liberal values, both locally and nationally,” Lloyd added.

Reacting to the news, a spokesperson for the Lib Dems said the party was “sorry to see him go”, adding that the Brexit vote had posed a “difficult decision” for Lloyd.

“Liberal Democrats are clear that we will be voting against Theresa May’s deal,” they said.

“The Liberal Democrats have campaigned for an exit from Brexit and a People’s Vote where people can choose to remain in the European Union since the referendum was held.  We will continue to fight for this in Parliament.”


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