Martin Whitfield MP joined the majority of MPs in supporting a motion tabled by Sir Oliver Letwin that “withholds approval” for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal until legislation implementing it has been passed.

The Letwin amendment was carried by just 16 votes, by 322 to 306. It was due to be followed by a vote on the main government motion – whether or not to back the deal. But the motion, as amended, was approved by MPs without a vote, as the government effectively accepted defeat.

The Government will now move ahead with its Withdrawal Agreement Bill next week.

Speaking after the vote, Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Today I voted against the government and for the Letwin amendment. This vote was crucial to ensure we didn’t crash out of the EU without a deal. The Prime Minister must now obey the law and apply for an extension to Article 50.

“I continue to believe that the only fair and democratic way to resolve Brexit is to put it back to the public in a final say vote with the Johnson deal and remain on the ballot paper.”