MPs have rejected calls for a second EU referendum in the Commons today
Only 33 MPs backed calls for a second referendum, with the amendment roundly defeated with 340 opposed to it.
It came ahead of the final Commons vote on the Brexit bill and whether to send it to the House of Lords for the third reading.
The amendment, spearheaded by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, was resoundingly rejected in the house.
The MP had put forward the additional clause to the European Union (Notification Of Withdrawal) Bill, which if passed would have required Prime Minister Theresa May to outline the process to ratify the UK's new relationship with the EU.
Currently in the third day of debates on the Brexit Bill, Mr Farron had previously said he wanted to prevent the UK from going “over the cliff” if the Government was unable to negotiate a good deal once Article 50 is triggered.
Mr Farron said: “Tonight, the Labour leadership wrote a blank cheque to the Conservative government.
“The Conservatives are not enacting the will of the people, they are twisting the referendum result and choosing a hard and divisive Brexit outside the single market – an option that was never on the ballot paper last June.
“Labour tonight have lost the right to be called the official opposition. History will judge them harshly for their failure to stand firm in defence of future generations of Britons who will suffer as a result.
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“This was the very moment that the country needed a bold and competent opposition. It also needed Conservative MPs who would put their country before their party. It didn’t get either.
“Britain needs a progressive party that is serious about power and positive about Europe. Liberal Democrats are ready to take up the mantle.”
The 33 rebels came from Labour, the Lib Dems, the SDLP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens.
More to follow…
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