Welwyn Hatfield and Hertsmere MPs back government on Brexit

PUBLISHED: 16:07 04 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:26 09 September 2019

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps is backing the government on Brexit. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps is backing the government on Brexit. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden both voted in support of the government against the motion seeking to block a no-deal Brexit.

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden is backing the government on Brexit. Picture: Supplied.Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden is backing the government on Brexit. Picture: Supplied.

The Commons voted 328 to 301 last night to take control of the agenda, enabling them to bring forward a bill which aims to delay the UK's exit date.

Neither Mr Shapps or Mr Dowden were among the 21 rebel Tory MPs who joined opposition parties yesterday to defeat the government.

Mr Shapps, who was recently appointed as transport secretary, voted to remain in the EU - while 53 per cent of constituents in Welwyn Hatfield voted to leave.

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He criticised the backlash in response to the Prime Minister's prorogation of Parliament last week, calling the response "completely out there and untrue".

He also criticised MPs who complain about Brexit, saying "they knew what they were voting for" when they decided to trigger Article 50 and leave the EU.

Mr Dowden also voted to remain in the EU, with 50.08 per cent of Hertsmere constituents backing the leave campaign.

He said: "Government can only work effectively if it is able to control the business of Parliament. This is a very long-established convention.

"I therefore voted against the successful attempt by backbenchers to seize control of the Parliamentary agenda."'Equally I opposed Labour's and the other parties' Bill as it proposed a further extension of Article 50. People are sick of endless extensions, they just want us to get the job done.

"I am clear that the best way to secure a deal, that I very much want, is to keep the option of leaving without a deal on the table. This bill removes it, defers the decision yet again and undermines the Prime Minister's negotiating position."

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