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Last night’s trade bill votes

July 17, 2018 11:00 AM
By Alistair Carmichael MP
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Alistair Carmichael outside the Palace of Westminster.

Brexit is the most important issue in a generation. And as Liberal Democrats we have taken on the responsibility of stopping it. We're the only Party united in this aim.

Last night I messed up. The government squeaked home by just 3 votes in a key amendment. It should have been 1.

I was not expecting a close vote - up until 8pm, Labour were planning to abstain which would have meant the vote would be lost by hundreds. In fact several Labour MPs voted with the govenment- which is why they won. By the time it became apparent that the vote was going to be close - it was too late to get two of our MPs back in time to vote.

I'm taking responsibility and redoubling my efforts to stop Brexit.

Today is a new day. We will be debating the remaining stages of the Trade Bill - and we are going to hold the government's feet to the fire.

Thank you for you for your continued support to our campaign to Exit from Brexit.