MP continues to seek solutions after Brexit deal defeat

Following the defeat of the Withdrawal Agreement in Parliament, Luke Graham MP has vowed to keep seeking solutions over Brexit as Parliament remains in deadlock.

The deal was voted down by the House of Commons on Friday, despite the Prime Minister securing a legally binding change to the Northern Ireland backstop and a promise to stand down to allow a new direction to be pursued in the next round of negotiations.

Luke Graham MP previously supported the deal when it first came before the House, arguing that the deal provided a way forward in which the referendum result is respected, while keeping as close as possible economic relationship to protect our prosperity. Earlier this week Mr Graham also voted against “No deal” and against a second referendum.

Mr Graham again supported the deal, but with it now being defeated, he will seek alternative solutions which he states will “represent the best possible outcome for Ochil and South Perthshire”.

In a statement following the vote, Luke Graham MP stated:

"I supported the deal because it offers a way forward in which the referendum result is respected, while keeping as close as possible economic relationship to protect our prosperity. Whatever deal people want, we require a withdrawal agreement.

I am disappointed it did not pass, but as someone who stood on a manifesto which promised to deliver Brexit, I will continue to pursue all avenues to ensure we deliver on the result of the UK-wide referendum.

I will also do all I can to deliver the best possible outcome for Ochil and South Perthshire."