The MP for Eastbourne, Stephen Lloyd, is intending to vote for the government’s Brexit deal in Parliament.
Here’s why in his own words:
I campaigned and publicly debated for Remain during the 2016 referendum, and still believe that remaining within the European Union is in the best interests of our nation.
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 Commons. And as my constituency Eastbourne knows, when I give my word to the town I keep it.
I know and like Stephen (and am envious of his campaigning skills). Although our views on some issues put us at opposite ends of the party, I also respect his integrity. So I can understand why he feels he has to make this decision.
Yet also, I regret it – committing to voting for a deal before its contents were even known was the wrong call, especially when it’s a deal on an important issue as central to the Liberal Democrat reason for being as Europe.