Barking and Dagenham MPs oppose government’s Brexit

Barking MP Margaret Hodge and Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

Barking MP Margaret Hodge and Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas - Credit: Archant

Barking and Dagenham MPs have voted against Theresa May’s Brexit plan in an historic defeat.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement to the House of Commons. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jess

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement to the House of Commons. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The plan was voted down 432 votes to 202, a margin of 230.

MP Dame Margaret Hodge for Barking said before the motion that she would be voting against it and urged for cross-party effort to build a national consensus after what was then anticipated to be a big loss for the prime minister.

She tweeted after the vote: “We must now build a consensus that commands support in parliament and across the country. Crucially we must remember that we have more in common than that which divides us.”

In a statement this morning the Dame hit out at government for ignoring the Parliament’s concerns and called for leadership from both parties to come together a form a consensus.

She said: “With only a few weeks before our scheduled departure from the European Union, it’s time our political leaders did just that – lead!”

The Barking MP added that her priority was to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

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MP Jon Cruddas for Dagenham and Rainham tweeted only to support Labour’s motion for no-confidence and is yet to respond to a request for comment.