REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has called for preparations for a no deal exit from the EU to be ‘ramped up’.
The call came after the Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat of historic proportions when the House of Commons voted by 432 votes to 202 to defeat her Brexit deal by 230.
However the PM managed to survive a vote of No Confidence tabled by Labour on Wednesday, receiving 325 votes to 306 as Tory rebels and Ulster Unionists swung behind Mrs May less than 24 hours after helping to defeat her Brexit deal.
The PM is now left looking for a compromise deal that will be able to passs through the House.
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean has consistently backed the PM over the deal and following the decision to reject it she said: “While I’m disappointed with the outcome of the vote, I stand by the decision I made to back this deal.
“I believed, and still do, that I was acting in the best interests of my constituents, my country and for my children’s future.
“I want to reassure my constituents, a majority of whom voted to leave the EU, that I am just as determined today, as I was when I was first elected in 2017, to deliver Brexit.
“The Government must continue to work to deliver Brexit, and I will continue to support them in this endeavour.
“As the Government continues this work, so to should it prepare for every outcome.
Preparations for no deal must be escalated and ramped up ahead of our exit from the EU on March 29.
“As the Prime Minister said in the House of Commons following the result, the Government will come back to Parliament on or before next Monday to set-out what it intends to do next.
“I continue to believe the Prime Minister is the right person for the job.
“Be in no doubt, whatever happens next, the UK will still be leaving the EU on March 29, deal or no deal.”