The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale had tabled an amendment calling for a second referendum
The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale had tabled an amendment calling for a second referendum on the terms of the deal Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated once she triggered Article 50, but was resoundingly defeated.
His proposal was slapped down by 340 votes to just 33, although 19 Labour member and five from the frontbench rebelled to side with Mr Farron.
The leader claimed that he was trying to stop Britain “going over a cliff” and aimed to force Mrs May to outline the process of ratifying the UK’s new relationship with the EU.
But despite his plans being rejected, Mr Farron has refused to accept democracy and instead fired off an e-mail to supporters still calling for a second referendum.
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
In it he said: “Tonight Labour MPs backed the Conservatives in voting to trigger Article 50, the start of the formal process of Britain leaving the European Union.
“They did so even though Theresa May has chosen to pursue a hard Brexit, which will mean ripping Britain out of the single market – something that no one voted for last June.
“They did so without securing any guarantees that the government will be subject to proper scrutiny throughout the negotiation.
His proposal was slapped down by 340 votes to just 33
“I respect the outcome of the referendum, but I have not changed my view that Britain is best in Europe.
“Throughout this process in the House of Commons, the Liberal Democrats have tried to make changes to the government’s plans to make sure that you, the people, get the final say on the Brexit deal.
“We believe that what started with democracy must end with democracy and that you, the people should have the final say on whatever deal Theresa May negotiates – that's why we attempted to amend tonight's bill to guarantee a referendum on the deal. Unfortunately, that amendment was defeated.”
Following intense debates and mud-slinging, the Brexit bill was ultimately approved in the Commons with a staggering majority of 494 to 122.
It will now go to the House of Lords, where the Government does not have a majority.
Mr Farron also said in the statement: “Tonight's vote isn't the end of the process. Over the next few weeks, Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords will seek to make changes to the government’s plans.
The Brexit bill was ultimately approved in the Commons with a staggering majority of 494 to 122
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“Our goal will be to protect Britain’s membership of the single market, protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and to give the people the final say on Theresa May’s deal.
“If we do not succeed and the people will not get a final say on the deal, then when MPs get to vote on these plans again Liberal Democrats will again vote against triggering Article 50.
It will now go to the House of Lords, where the Government does not have a majority
I have not changed my view that Britain is best in Europe
“Even once the Government has triggered Article 50 we will keep on campaigning all the way through the negotiations.”
He ended the e-mail by asking people to join the Liberal Democrats.
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